A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Showcases the different kinds of people living in New York and their points of view, exploring what it means to be human in a particular city and the world at large.
Positive Role Models
People profiled are from all walks of life, but their willingness to share their often complicated stories is commendable.
Violence & Scariness
Illness, death discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexy, tight, or skin revealing clothes sometimes visible; shirtless men.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking, cigarette smoking visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Humans of New York: The Series is an adaptation of the popular Humans of New York (HONY) photo blog project. Like the blog, it's available on Facebook, and looks at the various people and personalities that make up New York City through interviews and images. Telling both inspirational and emotional stories, it addresses parenthood, unattained goals, illness, death, and other challenging concepts. There's some strong language ("bitch," "crap"), and shirtless men, drinking, and smoking are sometimes visible, too. Occasionally logos for things like Coca-Cola and local New York City businesses and attractions are visible. It's too mature for young kids, but families with teens should enjoy this honest exploration of the human experience.
Is It Any Good?
This artistic and insightful series showcases people from all walks of life who live in New York City and allows them the opportunity to share their stories in their own unique ways. Many of the interviewees, none of whom are identified by name, discuss some of their intimate dreams, disappointments, fears, and thoughts about how they see themselves in a much larger world.
The short interviews feel like excerpts of conversations selected because they speak in some way to whatever the theme of the episode is. But this isn't a bad thing, as it contributes to the random-feeling (but obviously highly curated) experience. Overall, Humans of New York: The Series gives us a glimpse into the lives of people living in the Big Apple, and shows us something about our own humanity.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.