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Parents' Guide to

My Generation

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Contrived docu-fiction drama relies on stereotypes.

TV ABC Drama 2010
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Despite its documentary-inspired format, My Generation comes off as completely contrived and improbable rather than real. After all, relying on tiresome stereotypes like "The Jock" and "The Nerd" is bad enough -- as is expecting viewers to accept these obviously adult actors as high school teens via flashback.

But the fact that these characters grow up, intermingle, and all happen to have ties to some of the most critical moments in recent history (including the Enron scandal, the controversial election of George W. Bush, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Iraq War) is the icing on a very poorly constructed cake. If this were a comedy, we might actually laugh, but since it's a drama, we're not supposed to.

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