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Oprah Presents Master Class



Oprah's hand-picked greats share their inspiring stories.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights how it is possible to overcome difficult challenges to become successful people. These messages are offered from Oprah Winfrey’s point of view.

Positive role models

The individuals -- musicians, entreprenuers, journalists, etc. -- featured are touted by the host as having a unique impact on society. They come from all walks of life, but are all now successful in their careers and famous.


Childhood stories sometimes refer to shootings and other violent events.

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Interview subjects are often promoting their brand to an extent. Music albums, concert footage, and music videos of artists like Jay-Z, Usher, and Beyonce are shown, but are offered in context.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Contains very occasional images of cigar smoking. Some people’s histories include references to drugs and drug dealing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary-style show features notable people telling their inspirational life stories. While the series highlights positive messages about overcoming obstacles to become successful in life, it also contains some references to mature topics like shootings, drugs, and child abandonment. The series also reflects Oprah Winfrey’s point of view on a variety of issues.

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What's the story?

OPRAH PRESENTS: MASTER CLASS is a documentary-style autobiography series that features noteworthy people sharing their life stories and describing how they have transcended a variety of circumstances to become who and what they are today. Each episode features a notable figures chosen by Oprah Winfrey, including American Idol’s Simon Cowell, journalist Diane Sawyer, or hip-hop icon Jay-Z sharing his/her life story. Recorded footage of events and occasional dramatizations are also featured. Throughout it all, host Oprah Winfrey offers her views about what she believes make the person a master at what s/he does.

Is it any good?


The series offers the chance to receive some positive and empowering messages from a variety of people chosen by Winfrey for their unique impact on the world. They highlight how both positive and negative moments in one’s life can help a person be successful. They also underscore the importance of overcoming obstacles and staying true to oneself.

Some folks may find it inspirational, but the show’s obvious attempt to echo the host’s points of view makes it feel a little preachy. However, Oprah fans probably won’t mind this docuseries lack of objectivity, and viewers will probably enjoy learning more about the lives of their favorite public figures.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a person a “master” at what they do. How can negative experiences help people become better people? If you had the chance to choose who you believe to be masters at what they do, who would you pick?

  • Oprah Winfrey is a notable host, actress, and philanthropist who now has her own TV network. What is it about her that makes her so popular? What does she do (or not do) that has set her and her television shows apart from the rest?

TV details

Premiere date:January 1, 2011
Cast:Oprah Winfrey
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bybigpaws March 21, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 year old Written byJohnson Ohana January 3, 2011
I think it highlights real points of the world and does a better job promoting celebrities to our children than other shows. My 11 year old son and I really enjoyed Diane Sawyer's story. It held his attention for the full hour and gave him a good idea of what journalism and life is about. I have no real concerns, but only praises for this show. My son and I give this show two thumbs up!
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Great messages
Great role models


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