A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes of community, cults, prejudice, and redemption are explored.
Positive Role Models
The center started with good enough intentions: to rehabilitate those struggling. Previous members speak about peace, empathy, and community. But soon the founders' greed, ego, and personal gain turned Synanon into something much more sinister.
Members were from various backgrounds across race, ethnicity, and gender. Executive producer of the series, Cassidy Arkin, is an experienced producer whose past works cover social movements, gender, and race.
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Violence & Scariness
Verbal hostility and aggression amongst members, guns/weapons shown.
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Frequent swearing such as "damn," "f--k," and "s--t." People refer to marginalized groups with name-calling such as "crazy," "dope fiend," "idiot," and "junkie."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Conversations surrounding addiction and substance abuse, smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Born in Synanon is a docuseries about the experiences of members of the rehab center-turned-cult Synanon. There's frequent swearing, including "damn," "f--k," and "s--t," and name-calling, as well as some verbal hostility. There are transparent conversations about addiction, substance abuse, and people smoking cigarettes.
Is It Any Good?
Born in Synanon comes across as a standard cult docu, but has an intriguing twist of revealing the original good intentions of the center. The dissonance between members recalling fond memories of the place to its sinister legacy is interesting to watch. The strong language and violence make this one more suitable for older teens, but it can open up conversations about cults and how they operate.
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