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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Insightful docu features homes with a higher purpose.

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Positive Messages

Homes can be built to be sustainable, functional, beautiful, and to serve a purpose that goes beyond providing shelter. Pro-environment ideas and community building are also addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The creative homeowners, builders, and others want their homes and other spaces to serve a larger purpose for themselves and, in many cases, for others. 

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Words like "crap" are occasionally used.

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On occasion design programs, building groups, and other organizations are mentioned. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home is a documentary series that showcases unique housing structures around the world. These special homes were designed to be more than just a place to live in, and the families that call each one home are also shown. Many of their conversations address environmentalism, sustainability, and related topics. Raising a disabled child is also discussed. Despite some occasional strong words like "crap," there isn’t much to be worried about here, but chances are most kids won’t be too interested. But if your teen is the DIY type and dreams of a future in architecture, they might want to check it out.

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What's the story?

HOME is a reality series that features housing structures from around the world that were built to be more than a place to live in. From Sweden and Bali, to Austin and Malibu, engineers, builders, and homeowners showcase homes that they designed and built, and explain how each structure serves a larger purpose. From building a nature house that’s set inside a giant greenhouse, to building homes for low-income communities using 3D printers, each episode highlights what the structure is designed to do, and how it can challenge the way we look at the world around us. 

Is it any good?

Each installment of this interesting series showcases a home or community space that was newly built or re-purposed with a specific, and often unique, purpose in mind. Each homeowner, builder, and creator explains how these spaces allow them to do things like stretch their creativity, connect the ancient with the modern, harmonize with nature, or engage in spiritual self healing. They also discuss how these structures challenge traditional ideas of how to build, use, and move within physical spaces, regardless of size and location. Most importantly, its underscores how it's possible to create eco-friendly, self-sustaining places to live that are both beautiful, comfortable, and functional. Overall, Home shows how living structures can help us fulfill something in our lives beyond simply having a living space. 

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  • Families can talk about the messages Home sends about where we live and what it means. Aside from providing shelter, what other human needs do they fulfill?  

  • What is your home like? Is it special to you? If you had a chance to build a unique living structure that could satisfy something in you, what would it be like? 

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