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Nuclear Family

All Episodes 2021

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  • 2018-01-09T05:00:00Zs at 2018-01-09T05:00:00Z
  • 2021-09-26T04:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 3 hours, 0 mins (3 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Story Syndicate + 6 more, Topic Studios, Big Beach, Impact Partners, Bunker, Sustainable Films, HBO Documentary Films
  • Documentary
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Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family. In the late 70s/early 80s, when the concept of a gay family was inconceivable to most, Ry and her sister Cade were born to two lesbian mothers through sperm donors. Ry’s idyllic childhood was threatened by an unexpected lawsuit which sent shockwaves through her family’s lives and continues to reverberate today.
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3 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    2021-09-26T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

As new fertility options emerge in the early '80s, lesbian partners Robin Young and Sandy Russo look to start their own family by seeking sperm donors. But what begins as an unconventional yet warm arrangement with second daughter Ry's donor becomes increasingly fraught as he pursues more rights over her life.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 2021-10-03T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Director Ry Russo-Young shares how her parents pioneered gay parenthood in the '80s, and the legal battle that threatened to tear their family apart.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 2021-10-10T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Director Ry Russo-Young shares how her parents pioneered gay parenthood in the '80s, and the legal battle that threatened to tear their family apart.

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