Connected

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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New Yorkers film their own lives in thoughtful docudrama.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It suggests that people living individual lives are connected in some way, whether they realize it or not. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is humanly flawed and make mistakes like everyone else. 

Violence

Arguments between couples. Deaths of parents and children discussed.  

Sex

Frank discussions of sex, including crude sexual references and suggestive sounds; pregnancy is a major theme. 

Language

"Bitch," "damn," "dick," "tits," "s--t," "f--k." 

Consumerism

Apple, Samsung, Pabst logos visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer and wine drinking; pot smoking, 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Connected is an AOL digital docudrama series that features six young professionals living in New York recording themselves with camcorders for six months. It contains lots of mature content, including discussion of divorce, parenthood, illness, pregnancy, and death. There's also lots of cursing, sexual innuendo, and some drinking (wine) and drug use (pot). Teens might be drawn to this glimpse into a variety of lifestyles, but it's a little too edgy to make it a great choice for younger viewers. 

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What's the story?

CONNECTED is an AOL digital docudrama series that features six 30 and 40-something professionals living in New York recording themselves with camcorders for six months. It stars Jonathan Bricklin, a writer and club owner who's trying to deal with girlfriend Susan Sarandon's celebrity status, up-and-coming comedian Derek Gaines (cohost of MTV's Broke A$$ Game Show), interior designer and former HGTV Design Star contestant Nina Ferrer-Mannino, who's trying to get pregnant, and Lori Levine, whose high-powered job as a talent-booking CEO hasn't prepared her for becoming a stepmother. Rounding out the cast is Rosie Noesi, a local radio/TV personality facing an unexpected crossroads, and Ido and Eli Bendet-Taicher, married high-tech execs who are committed to their children. As they go through their personal highs and lows, their individual experiences create a picture that represents how the people of the city all are linked in some way. 

Is it any good?

The reality show, which is based on the critically acclaimed Israeli series Mehubarim, is meant to show how the individual human experience forms part of a larger, unified social existence within a larger community. Each of the six narratives is presented in a way that highlights the universal experiences we all go through, including love, loss, fear, ambition, and frustration, regardless of whether we're single, married, wealthy, broke, or career-oriented. 

As with most reality whos, it's pretty heavily edited, and the idea of keeping a daily video diary isn't completely original, either. Though appearances by Susan Sarandon and most of the cast's media entertainment-oriented goals make the show interesting, it also takes a bit away from the authenticity of the message. Nonetheless, the overall context in which these human stories is presented offers some food for thought.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the series' overall message. Do you think we're all connected in some way? How? Is this series successful in demonstrating this? 

  • What is the difference between a docudrama and a reality show? Is there really a difference? Why? 

  • Why is this program being offered as an online series rather than a TV show? Would the content be any different?

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For kids who love reality TV

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