Chicken Soup for the Soul's Hidden HeroesSpring 2017 Television
Chicken Soup for the Soul's Hidden Heroes is aimed at teens but viewers of all ages will appreciate the Saturday morning feel-good reminder that plenty of everyday people still go the extra mile to make the world a better place. Model, actress, and Dancing with the Stars' winner Brooke Burke-Chavet hosts the show from a studio set, delivering introductions to stories of people who do good deeds for the sake of kindness and kindness alone, not because they're seeking recognition or rewards.
In one episode, titled "It Takes a Village," the opening story features the founder of the Miss Amazing Pageant, a platform for girls and women with disabilities. Participants and their family members talk about how the pageant enriched their lives and the sequence includes charming footage of contestants in the talent portion of the pageant. That story is followed by one about a diverse group of 5th grade boys who meet after school for character education activities, led by a committed teacher helping them understand what it means to be a man in today's society. The episode concludes with the story of a moving friendship between two unlikely people: A 30-year-old musician and a teenager who approached him looking for odd jobs to earn money for food for himself and his disabled mom.
In another episode, titled "Creative Solutions," stories profile an organization that provides therapy dogs for children with autism; a young adult who started a non-profit to collect used eyeglasses for vision-impaired children around the world; and a teen inventor who was inspired to design a cup that could help her grandfather, afflicted with Parkinson's disease, and then distributed that product to help thousands of others with mobility issues.
Chicken Soup for the Soul's Hidden Heroes stories are nicely and simply produced. No flash-and-dash editing or graphics are required; the stories stand on their own thanks to the sincerity of the characters and the subject matter. Parents would do well to steer their children to this program and even watch and discuss it as a family, as a counterpoint to so many other negative, snarky, or downright disturbing stories seen in traditional, social, and entertainment media.