Gimme Mo'

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Insightful, mature series raises awareness of teen issues.

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Positive Messages

This series is meant to expose viewers to issues that may or may not be relatable to their lives and to educate them about their implications. It's not always easy to watch. Some topics are very personal to the teen subjects, who talk openly about their experiences related to homelessness, mental health concerns, bullying, self-image troubles, etc. Experts, volunteers, and advocates also discuss efforts to combat these kinds of pressures in teens' lives and to help them care for themselves physically and emotionally.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Monique Coleman is empathetic and invested in the show's efforts to educate and enlighten. Those she interviews share their firsthand knowledge of challenges that face teens, often exposing their own vulnerability in the process in an effort to raise awareness. Every episode emphasizes work being done by individuals and organizations to help and advocate for teens.

Violence

No violence is shown, but some episodes involve discussions of topics like sexual assault and bullying. In one scene, the host learns self-defense tactics that involve her teacher imitating assault by sitting on top of her while she lies on the floor and putting his hands around her neck.

 

Sex

Some episodes deal in topics like trafficking, assault, and homosexuality. Discussions aren't graphic, but they are honest, and they don't avoid difficult truths as they relate to the episode's themes and the subjects' real-life experiences.

 

Language

No swearing, but some retelling of name-calling in certain cases. A conversation about sexual identity involves a teen talking about being called a "faggot," for instance.

 

Consumerism

The series recognizes the work being done by community organizations, healthcare providers, nonprofits, and individuals to combat issues that plague teens. Some celebrities lend their experiences to the episodes as well. 

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gimme Mo' explores issues prominent in modern teens' lives, including female empowerment, social activism, mental illness, and social media. She conducts interviews with teens to learn firsthand how their lives are influenced by these kinds of pressures and visits with volunteers and experts involved in helping combat their negative effects. The unscripted conversations are nonjudgmental and honest, which means that they're also unpredictable in direction and overall content. Expect discussions of violent topics like sexual assault, human trafficking, and bullying that might be emotional or difficult to hear but that reflect the reality of some teens' lives. This insightful series is presented with compassion and will raise awareness of familiar issues and could introduce to viewers some that they've never considered.

 

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What's the story?

In GIMME MO', host Monique Coleman tackles some of the toughest issues facing teens today and talks to experts to learn how society is working to support young adults. From homelessness to bullying, body image to sexual assault, Coleman hears from teens how these and other pressures affect their ability to keep themselves safe and healthy, succeed in school, and foresee a productive and successful future. She visits organizations that are pitching in to help and spotlights their efforts and successes, as well as the realities of funding, support, and awareness that limit their ability to do more.

Is it any good?

This investigative series paints the teen experience with a fairly broad brush, a forgivable hiccup with respect to the greater intention to raise awareness of some truly serious issues and their effects. The topics Coleman tackles in Gimme Mo' are some of the biggies and obviously generate conversations about fairly mature realities. Some will resonate with your teens' personal experiences, and some may not, so it's important to consider your goal when giving this show the OK. If you're looking to broaden their scope of society's struggles, then each and every episode in this show can generate discussions about social and economic topics that may change the way they see the world. If instead you want to reinforce conversations about issues that relate directly to them, it's best to consider the episodes' themes before tuning in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the topics discussed in Gimme Mo'. Are any of them new to your teens? For those that are familiar, does the content reflect their own experiences? In what ways are they similar or different? What resources exist in your teens' school and community to help them overcome the challenges they face?

  • Personal safety and health are common themes in these episodes regardless of the specific topics. How does being physically and emotionally healthy make you better prepared to face the challenges in your life? What role does exercise have in that model? What steps do you take to keep yourself safe, especially online?

  • Who stands out among the subjects of this show as being courageous and determined? Is it fair to judge others by the standards of our own experiences? Can we really know how we would react in unfamiliar circumstances? Given that, why is tolerance so important?

  • What do you think is Monique Coleman's purpose in creating this show? Does she have an agenda other than hearing other people's experiences? How can our personal biases influence the actions we take -- and don't take -- in our lives?

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