Parents' Guide to

Being Serena

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tennis champ's personal journey features grown-up themes.

TV HBO Reality TV 2018
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This intimate docu-series serves as a visual journal in which an introspective Serena Williams makes sense of the unexpected turns in her life. She shares her thoughts and reveals some of her fears about becoming a mother and wife. But as an elite athlete, Williams also finds herself negotiating her desire to be a good mother with the pressures of reconditioning her body in order to return to her sport and win more titles.

Each 30-minute installment features lots of up-close-and-personal moments, thanks to cameras following her while she has conversations with family members, goes to the hospital to give birth, and works out. But there are lots of quiet moments, too, during which time Williams breaks the fourth wall and shares some of her private thoughts about what is happening. Being Serena is a personal journey that might appeal to the curious, and which openly invites her fans to watch and enjoy.

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