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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
By virtue of telling the stories of their lives, the kids and families in this series bring to light challenges facing kids all over the United States. Families who farm talk about the crops they raise, detailing them and showing specifics about their growth. Kids in military families learn from their parents about what they did in the wars in which they served. Therapies and tools for healing are introduced and explored. Kids offer encouragement, lessons of strength, and hope to the viewers by speaking directly to kids in the audience.
Just because someone is in a bad place and has done a bad thing doesn't mean he or she is a bad person. Extended families can be like parents to kids. Kids can make a difference when they do chores and help around the house. You can't judge a kid by what a parent has done. We're all learning. You always need someone to talk to -- it will make you feel better when you have that. Shoot for the moon. Being patient can help you get through hard times. You can be far away and still be loved. Going through hard times can teach you a lot. Kids are not reponsible for what adults do. Think positively. Love yourself. Be grateful for what you have. You're not alone.
Positive Role Models
Parents in this series are focused on their kids, even when calling from prison, or in pain because of a battle wound. A diverse representation of families and backgrounds shows that love knows no color, creed, or boundary.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of catastrophic climate events, such as hurricaine, storms, flooding, tornadoes. A war veteran describes the blast in which he lost his leg, and how he applied a tourniquette and compression to save his own life. War veterans describe life with PTSD -- being tired of not being able to sleep, being paranoid, being depressed, being angry for no reason. Kids in the families affected by incarceration, climate disasters, and life after war experience the effects of stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Through Our Eyes is a documentary mini-series that explores the challenges that kids face when their families go through difficult situations. HBO Max and Sesame Workshop collaborated on this series, which they say they've "designed for adults, and as a co-viewing experience for kids age 9 and older." Themes of incarceration, climate change, military veteran life after war, and homelessness are explored using the narratives of kids aged 9 through 11. Some images of mass destruction from a hurricane and flooding can be intense. Parents talk about being injured by bombs that had exploded near them in the Iraq war. A child describes her father's seizure (a result of brain trauma). A father who lost his leg in battle puts on his prosthetic as he gets ready in the morning. Families from diverse racial and geographic backgrounds are shown doing the best that they can when faced with loss, grief, and survival. Every episode ends on an optimistic note, with harmonious scenes of family life.
Is It Any Good?
Tough subjects are given an intensely human touch in this beautiful and moving docu-series that shares universal lessons from kids' perspectives. Through Our Eyes explores challenging family situations with poetry, optimism, and insight. A boy who wakes before dawn to ride 70 miles to visit his mom in jail expresses how much he loves the early morning light. A girl whose dad came back from war with a brain injury works through her pain with the help of a therapeutic horse, whose gentle nudge of his muzzle startles and soothes her. The moments of grief are captured here; though the pain is intense, the coping skills are honed.
Honoring the pain and experience feels crucial in these episodes, and a kind of healing envelops the viewer as a consequence. These stories illuminate the humanity, strength, and wisdom that challenges leave in their wake. Blissfully free of cliche, there is much to be learned from the strong, wise children who tell their stories in this series.
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.