A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Archived video footage covers many important historical events such as the McCarthy trials, the women's movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, and many more.
Talks about how to see, and honor, each other's differences and humanity. Full of inspirational words including, "You should use your talents to make things a little better for people who are not as fortunate as you are" and "Change doesn't happen if you only do what's comfortable and convenient." The core theme of the series is the value of serving and caring for others, working for a better and more equal world.
Positive Role Models
The people featured had to overcome overwhelming setbacks to achieve great accomplishments and help others. Shows the support that friends and family gave to these people as they rose.
Nearly every episode deep dives into the accomplishments and struggles of a woman and/or person of color who has accomplished meaningful change in our world.
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Violence & Scariness
Episodes center around mature topics including stories of violence and death. There's coverage of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and the resulting protests and demonstrations, as well as video footage. One episode focuses on the work of a death row appeals lawyer, who describes the awful details of being by his client's side as he's put to death by electric chair. There are mentions of people being physically and sexually abused, having parents with drug addiction, and wartime experiences. There are also upsetting scenes of police brutality in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mentions of drug addiction and abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Live to Lead is a docuseries that spotlights remarkable people who have done amazing things serving others and working for a more equal world. A lot of historical video footage is shown, some of it violent, and mature topics are discussed that may not be suitable for younger viewers. These include mentions of people being physically and sexually abused, drug addiction, wartime experiences, and death. Sensitive and sometimes upsetting topics like racism, sexism, and the death penalty are discussed in detail.
Is It Any Good?
Impactful and surprisingly personal, the latest docuseries produced by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will grip viewers from the very beginning whether they're fans of the couple or not. That's because Live to Lead barely features them, focusing instead on telling the stories of some of the world's most inspirational leaders. The series illustrates the impact that one person can have while also highlighting the vital support their loved ones provided on the journey. It's beautifully shot and contains the perfect mix of archival footage and modern interviews to draw the viewer into the story, doing an excellent job of providing context for the subjects' accomplishments and showing the challenges that they had to overcome along the way.
The score further helps to give the show an impressively cinematic feel and there are many inspiring messages throughout, including the importance of using one's talents to make the world a better place for those who are less fortunate. Even the most stoic of viewers may be surprised to find themselves succumbing to goosebumps as they watch. And when parents do watch, make sure to include the kids, as Live to Lead offers example after example of the importance of working toward a more equal and just world.
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