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The series doesn't educate per se, but it does demonstrate the value of expressing gratitude.
Stories emphasize importance of expressing gratitude to those who make a meaningful impact on our lives. In addition to presenting recipients with money, those doing the giving share moments of heartfelt appreciation for others' kindness and generosity of spirit. Some stories raise issues like suicide attempts, and all are emotional in some way.
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All the recipients' contributions to their benefactor were meaningful, whether it was a tangible gift or general emotional support at a time of need. In communicating appreciation, the celebrities and others shine a light on acts that otherwise might go unnoticed.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mature and joking references, as when a celebrity reminds recipients to not "go to the strip club" with the money they're given.
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The celebrities involved in the show get visibility by being a part of it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thanks a Million is a docuseries produced by Jennifer Lopez in which celebrities acknowledge people who have inspired them and gift them money that they must then share in the same way. The idea is to create a pay-it-forward-style chain of gratitude that helps others whose kindness or example might otherwise go unnoticed. The stories are emotional (there's a lot of crying) and sometimes raise difficult topics like suicide and financial hardships, but they always inspire and end happily, partly because of the monetary gifts. Expect occasional language ("f--k" is bleeped), but overall, the series is an affecting display of gratitude and compassion that reminds viewers of the importance of acknowledging others' contributions to us.
Is It Any Good?
Grand monetary gesture aside, this series illustrates the extreme psychological value of expressing gratitude. Recipients have no idea what's in store for them when they're approached by their respective benefactors (they think they're part of a documentary about Good Samaritans, in fact), and their emotional reactions to the kind words that are spoken to them almost make the financial gift that follows seem superfluous. The show does a good job capturing the authenticity of expressing and receiving genuine gratitude.
Not surprisingly, though, the money makes these moments all the better, and it's truly satisfying to see gifts that will make a tangible difference in people's lives go to deserving individuals. For the most part, the recipients are common folks who talk about average goals like buying a house and sending their kids to college, and it's easy to imagine that sums of $50,000 or $25,000 will play a role in their ability to do that. Thanks a Million reminds us that genuine gratitude never goes out of style and that turning someone else's gift to you into kindness to another person is an exceptional way to honor that act.
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