A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's focus is on the positive aspects of someone's life. People featured tend to be mainstream figures who are often white and male.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing major, but some episodes may discuss accidents or show photos or footage of films containing some minor violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Depends on the episode, but some may show people wearing sexy clothing, or scenes from movies that are slightly sexual.
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Very rare "damn" or "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes may include photos or footage of smoking or social drinking, but it's not a major concern.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary program profiles famous people, including plenty of current celebrities. The show focuses on successful folks and takes a generally positive outlook toward them. While setbacks, family problems, and other struggles are mentioned when appropriate, they're not a major focus as they are in some other celebrity bio programs. Some episodes may feature discussion and/or footage of mildly sexual or violent content, but overall the series is just fine for family viewing with tweens and up (assuming kids are interested).
Is It Any Good?
While the show's tone is rather serious, its content errs on the light side. No exposés or incriminating photos here: This is jolly, fluffy background on the stars and history-makers people love. For example, the Ron Howard episode traced his life from his birth into a theater family to his days on The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days to his present-day directing career. Howard's wife, Cheryl (his high school sweetheart!), gave viewers a sense of what was going on in Howard's head when he was trying to break into the directing field, while Henry Winkler, Andy Griffith, and Don Knotts all offered their impressions of Howard from his early days to the present.
While most Biography episodes focus on a single person, some installments look at a group -- like the cast of The Brady Bunch or fictional entities like The Phantom. For viewers with a particular interest in a famous person, these profiles can help round out your impression and offer tidbits of information that you might not already know. But people looking for a hard-hitting analysis of a person's life and contribution to society will have to look elsewhere.
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