Parents' Guide to

The Lottery

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dystopian drama explores the business of baby-making.

TV Lifetime Drama 2014
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Given the rising number of real-world families who are struggling to conceive, The Lottery's premise is certainly topical and could appeal to viewers -- particularly women -- who know the pain of infertility firsthand. But, in the end, this subpar Lifetime series doesn't measure up to its own promise thanks to weak production values, heavy-handed dialogue, and two-dimensional characters who don't feel fully relatable -- or believable.

One of the more interesting aspects of The Lottery is the social politics of a world in which women's fertility has become a matter of national security, resulting in a "Department of Humanity," a federal "Fertility Commission," and serious penalties for "fertility crimes." In many ways, women seem to have more power, holding key positions in government and science and taking charge of their reproductive prospects. Yet, when the dream of conceiving finally becomes a reality, their wombs are subject to the decisions of a male-dominant government.

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