Butterfly: Miniseries (2018)


Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 14

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Jan 18, 2019
Air date: Jan 18, 2019
Air date: Jan 18, 2019

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


Anna Friel
as Vicky Duffy
Emmett J. Scanlan
as Stephen Duffy
Alison Steadman
as Barbara Pannell
Sean McGinley
as Peter Duffy
Callum Booth-Ford
as Maxine Duffy
Millie Gibson
as Lily Duffy
Nimmy March
as Bridget Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Butterfly Miniseries

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

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

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

Aside from the odd stylistic flourish (bold, primary-coloured palette, dreamy, synth-washed soundtrack from the duo who scored Stranger Things), this was a very ITV approach - which might normally sound like a criticism, but not here.

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…

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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Audience Reviews for Butterfly: Miniseries

  • Jan 27, 2019
    The thing about this kid, is he/she wore so much makeup. I am female and wasn't allowed to wear makeup until I was in high school. Why is he? I don't get it. I was in huge trouble if i did. If someone wants to be the other sex, why does it have to be so exaggerated? And, who let's their kids control so much in the family. They are children. They don't get to make decisions that affect everyone in the family in such a negative way. These parents need a little bit of parent training. Who runs the family, the parents or the children? This was a bit ridiculous. It's not what I want, it's what Maxine wants... wt heck? Makes me think of Cornucopia kids. http://www.tritowncouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/Are-You-Raising-Cornucopia-Kids_Klein_based-on-Baldwin.pdf . these children have feelings of hopelessness and helplessness when everything is not being provided for them or when things do not go their way.
  • Oct 29, 2018
    Very engaging, emotional and seems to cover off the genuine concerns and hopes faced by families in such a situation. Good timing considering recent anti trans rhetoric in UK media this year
  • Oct 28, 2018
    I loved this story . Being trans myself and going through many similar experiencens I was so surprised how realistic this program is . Peopel have to quote one critic a lazy discriminatory understanding of trans issues . Most people want to understand and are open and and compassionate to trans folks ,others are just hateful. The later will probably never change . Thi should program should open eyes and minds to the realities and suffering of all family members. It is not something that can be brushed under the carpet without doing terrible damage to the child that will lead to self harm and worse . The long term outlook for families who don’t accept their children is usually incredibly sad and can never be repaired . This was realistic and hopefully trans children who watch this will know they are not alone and are not freaks ,but brave children facing something of that takes enormous courage with a community that will stand by them and have experienced similar experiences.

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