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  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 6.5  (1,845)

Butterfly is a compelling and emotional British drama that explores the complexities of gender identity and family relationships. The show centers on the journey of an 11-year-old boy named Max, who identifies as a girl and wants to transition. Max's parents, Vicky and Stephen, are divorced but attempt to navigate the challenges of co-parenting while dealing with their own feelings about their child's transition.

The show opens with Max nervously getting ready for his first day of secondary school. He is excited to finally start wearing the girls' uniform and feeling like himself. However, he is met with confusion, bullying, and rejection from his classmates, which leads to anxiety and depression. Meanwhile, Vicky and Stephen struggle with accepting their child's gender identity, as they each have their own preconceptions and fears about what it means for Max's future.

Vicky, played brilliantly by Anna Friel, is a warm and compassionate mother who loves her child unconditionally, but must confront her own prejudices and prejudices of her family to support her child. She also has a complicated relationship with her ex-husband, Stephen, played by Emmett J. Scanlan, who is less understanding of Max's situation and his mother's unwavering support for their child. Stephen feels threatened by Max's transition, and worries that he is losing his son. This leads to conflicts between the two parents, and puts Max in the middle of their disagreements.

The show does an excellent job of portraying the experience of a transgender child and their family, and raises important questions about the nature of identity, societal attitudes, and parenting. The show does not shy away from the difficult and uncomfortable conversations that must take place and shows the emotional turmoil that goes into these kinds of situations. Furthermore, the show does not simply demonize those who do not immediately accept Max for who she is, but instead attempts to explore the perspectives of all those involved and the reasons for their reactions. This allows for greater empathy and understanding of the complexities of transgender identity and acceptance.

Alongside the family drama, the show also explores issues of mental health, adolescent development, and peer pressure. Max's struggles with fitting in and being accepted by her peers are heartbreaking to watch. We also see the challenges of dealing with mental health issues in children and the importance of recognizing and addressing them.

Overall, Butterfly is a captivating and thought-provoking drama that deals with important social issues in a nuanced and sensitive way. The performances are top-notch and the story is compelling throughout. The show is unafraid to ask difficult questions and challenge conventional assumptions about gender identity and parenting. While it can be tough to watch at times, the final message of acceptance and love is a powerful one. I highly recommend this show to anyone who is interested in exploring the complexities of gender identity and family dynamics.

Butterfly is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on October 14, 2018.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
October 28, 2018
Desperate to protect her daughter, Vicky takes drastic measures to help Maxine become who she really is, against Stephen's wishes. Vicky's visceral need to protect her child at any cost could end up tearing her family apart.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
October 21, 2018
Vicky and Stephen do everything they can to support Max's transition to becoming Maxine. But it's clear that Stephen is unhappy things are moving so fast. With the couple divided, Vicky takes matters into her own hands, and makes a reckless decision.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
October 14, 2018
Separated parents Vicky and Stephen must overcome their differences when their son, Max, has increasingly upsetting feelings around gender. Stephen returns to the family home when Max's distress escalates - but will Max find the courage to express his true identity?
Where to Watch Butterfly
Butterfly is available for streaming on the Hulu website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Butterfly on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 14, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (1,845)