If you have not seen the hit A&E show Born This Way, then my friends, you are missing out. But don’t worry because you can catch up and see all of the first season episodes here before season two premiers next Tuesday, July 26.
Born This Way is a captivating docuseries that shares the lives on seven young adults that have Down syndrome, and trust me it brings out all the feels– especially as a mom to a young daughter with Down syndrome. Each cast member is building independence and finding their own niche as they navigate adulthood, with the support of their parents.
Sean, a sports enthusiast and self-proclaimed ladies man, yearns to live on his own and find a girlfriend and/or wife.
Megan is a blossoming entrepreneur with a growing clothing line called Megology. She and her mother live in Colorado, but Megan dreams of moving to Los Angeles without her mother.
Steven works inside a stadium for a major league baseball team. He has a less common form of Down syndrome known as mosaic Down syndrome. Steven also longs for a girlfriend, but would maybe prefer to date someone who does not have a disability.
John is quite a character. He dreams of debuting his first rap album with his single “Shake Your Booty, Booty” and trying for his drivers permit.
Elena lives in a group home setting, but still sees her parents regularly. She sometimes struggles with her identity as a person with Down syndrome and relies on her friends to gain perspective.
Rachel is bubbly and sweet and quite possibly Adam Lambert’s biggest fan. She works at an insurance firm, and like the others, hopes to one day be in a loving relationship.
Cristina has been with her fiance Angel for five years. He surprised her with a proposal in the first season and the two hope to live together independently soon enough.
The group spends a considerable amount of time together at a Los Angeles based community center called Leaps ‘n Boundz. The cast is like any group of young adults. For example, Sean and Steven enjoy getting together for beers, Cristina is engaged to be married and they all enjoy hanging out with one another. Each has their own set of goals and is on a fierce quest to reach them. Of course no group of friends would be complete without a dose of drama. One thing I have noticed is that the cast is quick to address any issues they may have with one another; something I find rather refreshing in a society where hostility is on the rise.
This is the same society that can often have stereotypical views and preconceived notions of those with Down syndrome. Each cast member seeks to prove that their differences do not make them less of a contributor to our modern world. In the word’s of Megan: “Don’t limit me…”
In pursuit of their own dreams, the show covers real life scenarios that each cast member faces like living independently, fostering relationships and generating income to support their passions. Their parents also have a big role in the show. They share their thoughts, stories from raising their children, the goals they have for their children and any fears or concerns they have as they send their kids into the real world while reluctantly loosening their grip.
I was able to get a sneak peak at the first two episodes of season two, and I must say that it looks even better than the first season. The cast picks up right where they left off after season one. The first episode kicks off with a bit of drama at a red carpet ball, Sean makes a trip to Vegas, and Megan begins this season in Colorado running her very busy business alongside her mom. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season below, premiering this Tuesday, July 26 on A&E and share your thoughts in the comments section of my blog!
Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs to A&E on Tuesday, July 26 to catch the all new season of Born This Way at 10|9 c.