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Born This Way 

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Young adults born with Down syndrome pursue their passions while defying society's expectations.




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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Sean McElwee ...  Himself 27 episodes, 2015-2017
Rachel Osterbach ...  Herself 27 episodes, 2015-2017
John Tucker ...  Himself 27 episodes, 2015-2017


Honesty, humor and heart are at the center of A&E's original docuseries, which highlights the outgoing personalities and amazing abilities of seven young adults born with Down syndrome. Hourlong episodes follow the Southern California residents as they pursue passions and dreams, explore friendships and romantic relationships, and generally defy society's expectations. The series also allows the parents to talk about the joy their children bring to their family, and the challenges they face in helping them live as independently as possible. The cast includes avid sportsman and self-professed ladies' man Sean; entertainer John; school employee Cristina; and budding entrepreneur Megan. Written by Jwelch5742

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8 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Born This Way (2015) was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Unstructured Reality Program category, but lost to United Shades of America (2016). See more »

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This show was AWESOME! I was completely captivated and moved by this show!
30 December 2016 | by contactus-82758See all my reviews

I was all raw emotions watching this show. I was all smiles, and grins, and tears. I was all pride.

I was so proud of these wonderful young men and women for pursuing their dreams and making their voice heard despite all social expectations.

I was mostly in awe of how these supposedly "disable" people were lacking most of the flaws and the baggage that many of us, the people labeled as "normal", have.

I couldn't help but ask myself…

What does "intellectual and developmental" disabilities really mean? What gives whom the right to define it?

The same way misery and violence make me question God existence, these wonderful people made me think there is God and he created down syndrome to teach the rest of us what wholeness really is.

It's like God said… "I'll put all this big obstacles around one single being to show you what doesn't matter and what does. How to have a clear speech, or a good muscular toned, or a good handle of math doesn't matter. What matters is HOW you live your life. What kind of person you are. How you overcome the obstacles in your way to purse happiness. HOW and WHO you are is what matters."

One of the moms in the show said "they are the closest thing to God" and me, the skeptical agnostic that often rolls her eyes at any mention to God… I just nodded in utter agreement. YES THEY ARE.

I cannot recommend this show enough.

I watched it with my kids and we talked about how we ALL are all wonderful beings with the right to pursue happiness. We also talked about how life can make this pursue of happiness difficult and therefore, why it is important that we support our fellow human beings instead of setting more obstacles each other.

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