Parents' Guide to

The Big 4-0

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Reality show celebrates getting older and better.

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This upbeat, positive show is a fun way of demonstrating how people are using their 40th birthday as motivation to turn a new leaf and live life to the fullest. In order to move forward, some of these folks find the courage to let go of difficult moments from their past. Others simply use the opportunity to show that they're every bit as healthy, strong, and good looking as they were in their 20s.

Some parties do include alcohol (though it's mostly social drinking), and there's some discussion of serious issues like divorce, death, and, in one case, a terrible accident. But these challenges are presented as obstacles that have been overcome, giving these folks all the more reason to celebrate their big 4-0. The series is mild enough for older tweens to watch (if they're interested, that is), and sends great messages about embracing the aging process that can serve as inspiration for people of all ages.

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