Butterfly: Miniseries (2018)


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


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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…
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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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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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