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Born in Synanon

By Ty'Kira Smalls, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docuseries shows how a rehab center turned into a cult.

TV Paramount+ Drama 2023
People stand together with hands linked on a blue background. Text reads “Leaving a cult, finding the truth.”

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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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