Parents' Guide to

Zac & Mia

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet friendship formed between two teens in cancer ward.

TV Hulu Drama 2017
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Based on A.J. Betts' novel, the series ably examines the inner turmoil that comes with having a serious illness, but also the hope and clarity that can be found when people get real with one another. Although Zac & Mia never gets quite as weepy as other offerings in the "sick teen" genre (like The Fault in Our Stars), it's still plenty real: Author Betts worked for years on a cancer ward, and the issues she spoke about with the teens there come through in the show in a very genuine-feeling way. Zac and Mia might have very different personalities on the surface, but they have a way of challenging their preconceived notions and bringing out the best in one another.

The series also deserves major credit for showing the mental health repercussions that come along with trying to be "strong" for your family and friends, and how even the most stoic among us need the permission to fully express and experience our emotions.

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