Nuclear Family (TV series)

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Nuclear Family
GenreDocumentary
Directed byRy Russo-Young
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Running time57 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseSeptember 26 (2021-09-26) –
October 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)
External links
Official website

Nuclear Family is an American documentary miniseries directed and produced by Ry Russo-Young. It follows Russo-Young's mothers as an unexpected lawsuit sends shockwaves throughout their family's lives. It consisted of 3 episodes and premiered on September 26, 2021, on HBO.[1]

Plot

Sandra Russo and Robin Young have two children, Ry and Cade, each through a different sperm donor. Initially the relationship with the donors was pleasant, until one of them sued for paternity and visitation rights.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byOriginal air date [2]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Episode 1"Ry Russo-YoungSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)0.131[3]
2"Episode 2"Ry Russo-YoungOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)0.081[4]
3"Episode 3"Ry Russo-YoungOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)0.062[5]

Production

Ry Russo-Young had wanted to tell her story of her childhood for many years, and initially wanted to make a narrative film about her experience, but instead decided to make a documentary.[6] She initially decided against making a documentary, feeling it would be a "me-and-my problems movie".[7] Russo-Young had been shooting footage of her family over the course of 15-20 years.[8] Russo-Young and her editors went through footage of her childhood and material documenting the case.[9] Because of Tom Steel's death, Russo-Young interviewed his friends and family, and his former legal team to explore his motivations for the lawsuit.[10]

In August 2021, it was announced Russo-Young would direct a documentary series revolving around her family, with Liz Garbus set to executive produce under her Story Syndicate banner, with HBO set to distribute.[11]

Release

It had its world premiere at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2021.[12][13]

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 86% based on 7 reviews.[14] On Metacritic, the series holds a rating of 83 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[15]

References

  1. ^ "Three-Part HBO Documentary Series NUCLEAR FAMILY Debuts September 26". WarnerMedia. August 18, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Nuclear Family". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  3. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 28, 2021). "Showbuzz Daily's Sunday 9.26.2021 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals Updated". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 5, 2021). "Showbuzz Daily Sunday 10.3.2021 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 12, 2021). "Showbuzz Daily Sunday 10.10.2021 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  6. ^ White, Abbey (September 26, 2021). "'Nuclear Family' Director Ry Russo-Young on Examining Meaning of Family and Gay Parenthood in the '90s". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  7. ^ Soloski, Alexis (September 22, 2021). "In 'Nuclear Family,' a Filmmaker Frames Herself". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  8. ^ Spector, Emma (September 26, 2021). "How Making Nuclear Family Helped Documentarian Ry Russo-Young Come to Terms With Her Past". Vogue. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  9. ^ Carey, Matthew (September 22, 2021). ""Incredibly, Intimately Personal": 'Nuclear Family' Tells Story Of Lesbian Moms And Daughter Caught In Monumental Custody Battle — HBO TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Carlisle, Madeleine (September 23, 2021). "Inside HBO's Nuclear Family—and a Lesbian Family's Fight To Exist". Time. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  11. ^ Baumgartner, Drew (August 18, 2021). "'Nuclear Family' Teaser Trailer Shows Same-Sex Couple Fighting to Keep Family Together in HBO Docuseries". Collider. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  12. ^ Hammond, Pete (September 1, 2021). "Telluride Film Festival: Will Smith's 'King Richard', Peter Dinklage Musical 'Cyrano', Joaquin Phoenix In 'C'mon C'mon', Ken Branagh's 'Belfast' Set To Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  13. ^ "Telluride Film Festival Program Guide" (PDF). Telluride Film Festival. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  14. ^ "Confronting a Serial Killer". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Nuclear Family". Metacritic. Retrieved September 29, 2021.

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