Butterfly: Miniseries (2018)


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Thoughtful, emotional, and eye-opening, Butterfly effectively addresses the nuances of gender identity with a careful balance of sensitivity and realism.



Critic Ratings: 14

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Air date: Jan 18, 2019

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.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2019

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.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2019

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.

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Drama following an 11-year-old boy who is suppressing his real identity as a girl, and his separated parents.

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Critic Reviews for Butterfly Miniseries

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

It's only a three-parter, sadly, but every episode is sure to sing, baffle and enthral.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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What did I like? Most of it. As a good friend put it the day after, one of the best things was how Butterfly contextualised and simplified in a way that abstract "debate" and inquiry does not.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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But the serial also spends so much time on Vicky and Stephen's precious feelings that Maxine could have instead been diagnosed with childhood cancer and this alternate McGuffin would probably have had the same functional impact on the narrative.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] thought-provoking, emotionally realistic issue drama on the subject of gender identity in young people - well, really, just one particular young person, 12-year-old Max Duffy from Manchester, who would like to be known as Maxine.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The most distinctive of the newcomers deal with youth-centric stories, albeit in decidedly different ways...Easily more interesting -- and certainly more emotionally engaging -- is Butterfly.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…
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As a piece of drama I find it sensitive and moving. And a glimpse into a world of suffering that most of us, mercifully, will never know.

Oct 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with their instincts, intellects and worse or better natures.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This drama is about to push its neck out a whole lot farther, and become a whole lot more tricky.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Powerful, complex, mature drama dives into gender identity.

Jan 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Butterfly explores an issue that parents all over the world are confronting. Even if it's a bit dark and heavy-handed, it will be interesting to see Max turn fully into Maxine and how his family handles it.

Jan 21, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a thoughtful, nuanced family drama from playwright Tony Marchant that avoids easy answers.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Tony Marchant's drama set out its stall without fuss. We saw that far from being a phase, Max had been feeling this way for a long time.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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