A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers viewers an interesting and sympathetic glimpse at the wide-array of beliefs, experiences, and points of view held by Americans across the country. Their stories promote compassion and empathy.
Positive Role Models
The people featured here range from community leaders to criminals. Ling’s approach to each subject is both professional and non-exploitative. Sometimes she appears to be personally affected by what she is seeing.
Violence & Scariness
Violent events like domestic violence, sexual abuse, and car accidents are discussed. Yelling, screaming, and angry protests are sometimes visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Specific episodes deal with issues related to mail-order marriages, homosexuality, and transgendered communities.
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Words like “hell” are audible and visible in visual graphics.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Issues like drug addiction are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Our America with Lisa Ling is an informative documentary series that explores some mature subjects, including sexual abuse, mail-order marriages, and drug addiction. While most teens should be able to handle it, parents may want to watch with them and talk about the issues that are relevant to them.
Is It Any Good?
The insightful documentary series highlights the wide-array of beliefs and experiences held by different communities in American society. It offers a respectful look at these communities by focusing on the people that live within them, and by allowing them to offer their viewpoint about their lives and their choices.
The accounts offered here are both heart warming and heart wrenching. Ling sometimes gets emotional about who she meets and what she sees, which occasionally makes her reporting feel a little slanted. But overall Our America with Lisa Ling offers an interesting and non-exploitative way of learning more about the United States, and the diverse population that lives in it.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.