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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As an educational series about the emotional life of humans, this series covers a lot of ground. Based on decades of research, Brené Brown, a renowned researcher, author, and podcaster, explores the physiological, psychological, and sociological nature of emotion and the human ability to connect.
Find the shore, the safe harbor in yourself. We can change the way we feel about things if we change the language. Value connection with others. Vulnerability requires courage. Listen to people to learn more about them. Develop empathy. Worry serves no purpose. Trust your instincts. Learn to share deeply with people you trust. Enjoy the varied range of emotions available to humans.
Positive Role Models
Brené Brown speaks about her journey as someone who had to work hard for her achievements. She is frank, open, and vulnerable with her audience, offering her expertise to advance human connection.
Though host Brené Brown is White, her participating audience is multi-racial, and some identify as LGBTQ+. Some of the featured experts have differing backgrounds and ethnicities. Clips from films and TV shows represent diverse people from a variety of backgrounds in different situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some talk about intimacy and images of people kissing, holding hands, being in love.
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A fair amount of language used casually: "bulls--t," "f--k you," "hell," "pissed off," s--t," "f--king."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some brief movie images of people smoking and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brené Brown: Atlas of the Heart is an educational series with audience participation that explores the meaning of human emotion and connection. Brown, a well-known researcher, author, and podcaster, uses movies and TV clips to help illustrate different emotions and situations. Some scenes are intensely sad, show people full of rage, or explore what it means to feel vulnerable. There is a lot of language peppered throughout the series, including frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and "hell."
Is It Any Good?
Entertaining, moving, fascinating, and timely, this limited series dives deeply into the nature of human emotion. With research and expert opinion that feels fresh, Brown's passion is contagious in Atlas of the Heart. Her ability to connect with an audience and communicate life-changing information about the emotional life of our species is addictive. She also shares charming anecdotes that serve to make the series feel personal.
Language and some intense topics make for tricky viewing for younger teens, but older teens interested in psychology, or those who are simply curious about relationships, will get a lot out of this series. Families who watch this together are sure find lots of fascinating topics for exploration and discussion.
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