Parents' Guide to

First Day

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Lovely, warm series about trans girl has some bullying.

TV Hulu Drama 2020
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Excellent series on the challenges of being transgender

This is a series that will appeal broadly to anyone with a desire to have an honest, realistic view of the challenges of being trans. Evie M. does an amazing job portraying the lead character --- no wonder... she has been there and lived the mean-teen behavior of middle schoolers and the insecurity of life being a roller coaster. Kudos to the producers of this series!

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Is It Any Good?

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Tender and emotionally gripping, this lovely heartfelt drama makes us feel the courage young Hannah must gather just to be her authentic self. We see her troubles begin in a meeting with her new principal; he means to be kind, but refuses her permission to use the girls' bathroom at school because the "other parents" might be upset if a "boy" uses the girl's bathroom. "I'm not a boy!" she gets out; and that's her truth, but this is far from the first time other people have refuted it. At her old school, a set of mean classmates taunts Hannah by calling her "Tommy boy" (Thomas was her birth name), and the night before her first day of high school, she sits in her room, in floods of tears. What if her new classmates find out she was assigned the male gender at birth? What if they can somehow tell? Her mom has no answers, just love and support for her terrified daughter.

The problems Hannah faces may sound small on the surface: Can she sleep over at her friend's party? Can she go swimming without revealing her secret? What if someone sees the legal papers with her birth name on it? But First Day's power is that it helps us understand how momentous these things are to one young girl in particular: the hideous pain of being left out, feeling different, and the gorgeous power of acceptance, love, and support. Fortunately for viewers' peace of mind, Hannah ultimately experiences more of the latter than the former, and the courage and integrity this young girl shows in every situation is powerful, and beautiful to watch.

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