Babies Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Star: Pascal Wallisch
Babies, if there was any question or doubt, is a new Netflix series about tiny, adorable, freshly born humans. Those babies and their doughy little cheeks are from many corners of the world, and are prominently featured, as you’d expect. But the show also boasts many experts sharing gobs of knowledge about those very babies — which differentiates the series from the 2010 documentary film of the same name, which simply fly-on-the-wall observed a handful of tots from around the world as they gurgled, breastfed and/or dragged their bare genitals across rusty barrels (which is a long, drawn-out wince one tends to remember in all its nuts-on-old-metal detail 10 years later). But does the series’ analytical approach to these little ANGELS that fell right from HEAVEN adequately balance the analysis and the cuteness?
Opening Shot: The camera glides down an empty hospital corridor — the maternity ward, of course — accompanied by a collage of sounds, including the painful cries of birth.
The Gist: Fifteen babies. Thirty-six scientists. The babies are trying to figure out the world, and the scientists are trying to figure out how the babies figure things out. This will be a series about that stuff, and, if we’re lucky, about binkies. Cuz we all wanna know more about binkies.
London: Rachel gives birth to baby Willow as proud dad Adam weeps. He brings young Lily, who’s maybe two, to the hospital to meet her new sister, and she oh so gently touches the baby’s face. (Ohmigod, AWWWWW.) In Tel Aviv, researcher Ruth Feldman explains her studies focusing on how the hormone oxytocin plays a significant part in parent-child bonding.
Connecticut: Shawn bounces li’l Dakota on his shoulder before handing his daughter to Destiny for a meal on her breast. Mom pumps milk so she can go back to work soon, which means Dad will have to pull his parental weight. Feldman talks about how initial studies showed that mothers seem to produce more oxytocin than fathers. But, Calgary: Isaac and Josh have new baby Eric via surrogate mother AJ. Feldman’s study revealed how similar oxytocin production occurs in gay couples — so women aren’t the only ones who are heavy with hormones. Her conclusion? Bonding is a choice. Mind blown? A little bit!
The rest of the debut episode features other baby rearers, other baby experts, lots of shots of baby brian scans and even more shots of the cooing, helpless goo-blobs in the title.
Our Take: Come for the cute, stay for the HARD SCIENCE. And Babies has a fair amount of the latter, but fear not, the first 40-odd minutes of this six-episode series isn’t an avalanche of multisyllabic babbling. It’s just eggheaded enough to engage those of us who want to put a smidgen of math behind the overwhelming flood of emotional sludge we parents feel when we’re being parents, or thinking about being parents, or generally existing as parents.
So maybe non-parents might not get as much out of the series, although I’ll also make the argument that anyone interested in human development may raise an eyebrow or two of interest at the facts presented here. Be warned, though — thus far, totes adorbs frolicking tot action is kept to a minimum, so if you only want to soak in sweet-pumpkin baby vibes, you may be disappointed. The Babies movie has plenty of that, and is a more suggestive, less clinical endeavor.
Sex and Skin: No, Babies isn’t about how babies are made. It’s about what happens nine-ish months after that. And that includes breastfeeding, so if you’re an ol’ galumph who’s bothered by such imagery, maybe YOU’RE the baby.
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