A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Discusses the positive and negative impacts of gender transitioning and the discrimination that occurs as a result.
Positive Role Models
The women support each other; friends and family members range from being very supportive to being unable to cope with or accept the transitioning.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional mild arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Gender reassignment a major theme; references to genitalia. The women go underwear shopping.
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"Pissed, "damn"; curses muted.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for local Kansas City businesses prominently shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol (wine, cocktails) consumed over meals, at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New Girls on the Block is a reality series that chronicles the lives of a tight-knit group of transgender women. It highlights some of the positive life experiences they're having after gender reassignment, as well as the rejection and discrimination they face as a result of their transitions. There's some iffy language ("piss," "damn"; muted curses), some mild arguing, and references to genitalia. Wine drinking is occasionally visible.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers the opportunity for viewers to see what it means to be transgender, which is defined as being assigned a sex at birth that is different from the gender one identifies with. It highlights some of the real-life challenges transgender people experience, ranging from losing their children and legally getting fired to not being completely accepted in either male or female circles once the gender transition is complete.
The women, who come from all walks of life, describe transitioning as a difficult -- but positive -- personal experience. Although this is a good thing for them, it's not easy to watch some of their loved ones struggle to understand and cope with change. This show makes it clear that no matter which gender people identify with, we all face challenges and change in a very human way.
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