A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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