MTV has been using the "Mondays Are a Mother" tag-line for quite some time to promote Teen Mom, but with the wrap-up of Teen Mom 3 this week, Mondays are about to be about fathers. The search for a father, that is. Generation Cryo is MTV's latest documentary series about a teenager, only Breeanna Speicher doesn't have any kids. Instead the 17-year-old is a child on a mission: to find the man whose donor sperm her two moms used to bring her into this world.
The show won't premiere on MTV until next Monday, November 25 in the Teen Mom time slot. But it got an early release exclusively via the MTV app at midnight, and The Stir got a sneak peek.
Should you add it to your Monday nights?
Well, let's just say it's not Teen Mom.
Which isn't necessarily a bad thing! Teen Mom broke ground when it first appeared on television screens, letting us into the lives of people living through a situation as old as time but who have taken the path less followed.
Generation Cryo breaks ground of its own, albeit by allowing us into the lives of people living a situation that's much newer -- thanks to technology -- but also markedly different than the "norm."
The documentary series gets off to a start by introducing Breeanna, who goes by Bree, and diving into the concept of donor siblings. Made with the same sperm, they come from different families across the United States and often have never even met. But now thanks to a registry where kids can enter their donor's ID number, Bree is making contact with her half-siblings in an attempt to figure out where she came from.
Her first stop -- after breaking the news to her moms that she wants to find her donor father -- is a home in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Jacobson twins, Hilit and Jonah, live with their biological mother and their father. At least, the twins think of Eric Jacobson as their father, although on a technical level, he isn't related to them. Their mom conceived with donor sperm from the same man whose sperm was used to conceive Breeanna.
Generation Cryo would make for a compelling story if it were simply one teenage girl trying to find her dad, but it's in the visits to see her donor siblings (more are scheduled in future episodes) that the show's strength lies.
Every kid's thoughts on their donor are different. And so are the parents'. Where Bree's bio mom is eager to let her find her donor dad, her "other" mom is more wary of losing her place in her daughter's life as the non-biological parent.
Bree encounters a similar issue at the Jacobson home, where Terri Jacobson is curious to find out more about the man who helped give life to her children, but Eric confesses a deeply held insecurity about his sterility and the resulting manner in which his children were conceived.
In short, the documentary series manages to take a process conceived (pun very much intended) by scientists and a lab and reveal its very human emotional components.
The first episode of Generation Cryo was at times funny, at times sad, but overall -- dare I say it -- hopeful. Bree isn't a kid in trouble; she is a kid who is grateful for the life she has, and looking to make it that much richer by learning more about who she is.
If every episode is like the first, I'm going to stay glued to my MTV on Monday nights.
Check out a sneak peek:
Will you be watching Generation Cryo? Is this a good replacement for Teen Mom on Mondays?
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