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Parents' Guide to

Secret Lives of Americans

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Life-altering revelations are full of emotion, surprises.

TV Pivot Reality TV 2015
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If reality TV is any indicator, raw emotion is a powerful selling point in drama, which bodes well for this intense series. There's no telling going into an episode what will come of it, as the subjects' secrets can be anything from life-threatening illnesses to hidden religious beliefs, and their loved ones' reactions are similarly unpredictable. In cases where family and friends use the moment of honesty to rally around the person, though, the outcome is heartening and reveals the best of people.

Because of the surprise nature of the content of Secret Lives of Americans, this series might warrant a preview before your teens watch. Some matters might raise sensitive subjects or perhaps present topics in a manner that doesn't resonate with your beliefs. That said, it's always moving to see people turn fearful situations into positive building blocks in their relationships, and the subjects' plights do encourage compassion.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 12, 2015
  • Network: Pivot
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Character Strengths: Communication
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: July 14, 2023

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