Amber Brown is a heartwarming new series on Apple TV+ that the whole family will enjoy. Featuring relatable content and a phenomenal diverse cast, Amber Brown will appeal to all ages.
Apple TV+ AMBER BROWN Review
It’s no secret that growing up is hard. Those in-between years (aka: tween years) are exceptionally awkward. And while it might seem like it’s been a long time coming, tween girls finally have a series made for them.
Amber Brown is an adaptation of Paula Danziger’s best-selling book series. What sets Amber Brown apart from others tween series, is the wholesome content. Amber (played by Carsyn Rose) is incredibly relatable. Tweens will be able to connect to her character and feel “seen.”
When we first meet Amber, we learn three BIG events happening in her life. Her best friend is moving away, her parents are getting a divorce, and her mother is seeing a new man. That is a lot to handle. I know if I was going through those circumstances at that age I would absolutely have a hard time.
While Amber might be hoping for a “happy ever after” reunion between her parents, that is not always what happens in real life. It’s important for kids to see how these relationships play out in real life, not just on TV. I feel Amber Brown portrays these relationship with honesty, and I applaud Apple TV+ for giving kids this story.
Diversity and Inclusion
You all know I love when there’s great onscreen representation, and Amber Brown brings it! Not only do we have a racially diverse cast, we have a multiracial family!
Amber Brown features real-life issues that family’s can relate to. Amber’s parents, Sarah and Phil (Sarah Drew and Michael Yo), are getting a divorce. Like most kids, Amber wishes for her parents to get back together. Her mother has a new boyfriend, and this is really weighing on Amber.
Sarah and Phil are learning how to co-parent peacefully. Feelings are obviously still involved, so it’s emotional, and certainly not easy. You’ll see the struggles on co-parenting, but you’ll also see its beauty. When two parents try their absolute best to work together in the best interest of their child, they unite in a whole new way.
Amber is 11 years old and feeling all those big feelings tweens experience. It’s a very awkward stage of childhood, and unfortunately, it’s not seen onscreen nearly enough. Tweens will be able to relate to Amber’s internal struggles.
And speaking of Amber Brown, Carsyn Rose pulls off an exceptional performance. Keep your eye on her, because I think we’ll be seeing much more of Carsyn in the future.
Sarah Drew portrays Amber’s mom, Sarah, beautifully. All moms whether married, divorced, co-parenting, or single, will relate to her character. The love she feels for her daughter is immeasurably felt.
Amber Brown has something for everyone. This is truly a series created to be shared and enjoyed by the whole family. It reminds me of the Friday night television shows I watched with my parents when I was younger. Each episode features a problem, and it’s always answered with a great takeaway message.
In my interview, Director Bonnie Hunt said, “Amber Brown is storytelling that has love, humor, and intelligence at the core,” and I’d 100% agree with her statement. Amber Brown is a true delight. It’s emotional, full of heart, and delivers lots of laughs. It’s a feel-good story about friendship and love. Amber Brown is available on Apple TV+.
Amber Brown Synopsis
Between her parents’ divorce and best friend moving away, Amber Brown is having a tough time. But her art, video diary, and new friend Brandi provide outlets for Amber to express her feelings and find gratitude in the love that surrounds her.
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