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Becoming Us

Reality-TV . Drama . Reality

The groundbreaking new unscripted drama series Becoming Us (formerly known as "My Transparent Life") centers on a teenager named Ben who is learning to live with his dad becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and navigate their new world with Charlie now living as Carly. The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting one another through this unfamiliar situation.

Status: Running
TV Channel: FreeForm
  • Melissa Maerz

    It's not just a gripping family story--it's an important one for all families to watch. [12 Jun 2015, p.70]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    Becoming Us, which is successful both as education and entertainment, vividly demonstrates that although some of Ben’s issues are unique, many are typical.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It can often be trite and repetitive. But triteness and repetition characterizes a lot of everyday life, and the debut does an excellent job of giving us a portrait of Ben as a Midwestern teenager whose natural adolescent self-consiousness has been increased to near-paralysis as he comes to terms with his father’s new life.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    That Ben's girlfriend, Danielle, also has a transgender father ("It's just a small world, people") seems a touch made-for-TV, but the kids truly are OK, and their dealings with all four of their parents feel more real than surreal.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Fortunately, the main players are compelling enough to overlook the inevitable strains that come from shoehorning any real life into a television series.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Becoming Us suffers from poorly cut segments that might give you flashbacks to the ’90s seasons of MTV’s “Real World.”

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Credit Becoming Us for not skimping and showing the impact of changing genders on the children of trans parents in seemingly stark realness, but it's uncomfortable to watch a child endure such life changes publicly.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The series resides at its own kind of crossroads: a serious project that aspires to foster greater understanding of and sensitivity toward the transgender community as well as those close to them, but which--by indulging in some of the bad habits endemic to this form of unscripted fare--itself remains a work in progress.

    Variety Full Review
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