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  • Summary: The six-part docu-series focuses on 17-year-old, Breeanna who seeks out her half-siblings fathered by the same anonymous donor.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Documentary
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  1. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Nov 25, 2013
    83
    Generation Cryo separates itself from the likes of Catfish and Teen Mom by not treating its subjects as spectacle. They’re portrayed as people dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives, recalling some of the better installments of the True Life series.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Though the character-driven docu-series format the show takes on may look run of the mill, beyond its surface appearance Generation Cryo is genuinely engaging.
  3. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Even though it’s moving to watch a bunch of young people turning to one another for strength and counsel, finding what they need in the others, the clear narrative through-line of the show is Breeanna’s mission.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Nov 25, 2013
    70
    Like most docu- reality TV mashups, the need for drama on-screen trumped detailed explanations. Choppy editing comes standard. Still, the tension between the impulse to search and the need for privacy is clear. Emotions run high and the conflict makes for good television.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    While viewers may be curious to know whether they do, the journey itself may not be as interesting to us as it is to #1096’s progeny.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    [An] ambivalent but mildly engrossing new docu-series.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    It’s a welcome respite from some of the network’s noisier fare. The main problem here is that even when they’re not being whiny, the kids (beginning with Breeanna, our ostensible tour guide) simply aren’t articulate enough to trigger a genuine discussion about the sometimes-thorny issues surrounding procreation via test tube or the nature of being “a sperm donor kid.”

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