A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Set in a middle school, this show focuses on the social flubs and wins of a kid who has a body difference. Though he tried to ignore the fact that he has a prosthetic leg, the main character finds that he has to educate adults as well as kids about his abilities.
To be taken seriously, make a case for yourself. Try out new things. Be honest with yourself and those around you. Find out who you are; be yourself. Don't be afraid to take risks. Don't keep secrets. Do the right thing. If you try too hard to make the wrong friends, you're not going to make any friends. Get involved. Get up when you fall. Trust the adults who are there for you. Focus on what you enjoy.
Positive Role Models
Parents here are very interested in the well-being of their kids, listening empathetically to them in ways that feel human and approachable. Though some adults (the school principal) are goofy, most are hardworking people who want to do good things. Adults listen to kids, taking them seriously.
Main character's family is White, his best friend is Black, other kids in his middle school come from diverse backgrounds. Main character has ability differences, which he needs to speak up about, educating people so that they understand what he can and can't do.
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Celebrities are mentioned: Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Warren Buffet, Lizzo.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best Foot Forward is a show about a boy going into seventh grade who's been homeschooled until his parents agree to his plea to join his peers at the local public school. It deals with ability and body differences -- the main character has a prosthetic leg -- and people's reaction to kids who live with body differences. Nothing scary, violent, or iffy occurs. Some minor rule-breaking and pushing of boundaries does, but characters are generally respectful and kind.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the book Just Don't Fall by Paralympian Josh Sundquist, this wise and funny show gently explores what people will do to make themselves feel comfortable in the face of a body difference or disability. Best Foot Forward stars a young actor who has the same body differences as the main character in the show. When the school principal goes out of his way to help Josh up the stairs to the main entrance of the school, and "empathizes" by telling a story about how he twisted his ankle and needed crutches for a couple of months, the cringey moment lands with an honesty that resounds.
The parents in the show enjoy a banter and depth that is welcome in the middle grade genre. They're strong, empathetic, and flawed. Thanks to some clever writing and very solid acting, this show can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
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