UnPrisoned on Hulu is a story about a father and daughter that is unlike anything else on TV. It’s a must-see because it deals with a wide range of issues. Tracy McMillan’s feel-good dramedy, which debuted on Netflix on March 10, stars Kerry Washington as Paige. Paige is a relationship therapist and single mother. When her father, Edwin gets out of prison and moves in with her and her teen son. Finn (Faly Rakotohavana), “her life is turned right-side-up.”
McMillan told POPSUGAR that “UnPrisoned” is “half-serious”. Furthermore, with a mix of humour and emotion to show the aftermath of America’s criminal justice system. In that many people deal with every day. She says this is the first time a Black family and their story like this have been shown on TV. We’ve seen people in prison and people going to prison. But we haven’t seen what happens when someone gets out and goes home to their family.
The author, a relationship expert and veteran TV writer say that. “UnPrisoned” is a story she has been “trying to do different versions of” for as long as she has been writing for TV. “In 2007, I wrote a one-hour play called “Life After Life”. I’ve spent the whole time trying to figure out why things didn’t work out”. Clearly, she gives more details. She is also one of the show’s executive producers, along with Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo. “It just so happens that this version of the story made it to the screen,” she says.
Fans of “UnPrisonable” know that each episode is “inspired by some pretty bizarre sh*t”. But they still wonder how much of the show is based on real events. McMillan’s book “UnPrisoned” was based on her relationship with her formerly imprisoned father. For POPSUGAR, she talks about the book’s real-world themes.
Do the things that happen in “UnPrisonable” really take place?
McMillan says in her book that, “UnPrisonable” was based on the 2010 book. “I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway”. “The Minnesota native had a very eventful childhood that included foster care, prison visits, and having more than one mother. This gave me a lot of chances to deal with some of the darker sides of people. Moroever, her bio on her website says. All of these things happen in the complicated plot of “UnPrisoned”. Almost exactly as they did when McMillan was a child.
McMillan says that the father-daughter relationship in “UnPrisoned” works so well because Washington and Lindo have “a lot of chemistry”. She says that Washington and Lindo are a great pair because they are father and daughter. “Funny thing is, as I was writing this, I was just wondering”. Are there any more TV shows about fathers and daughters?” Put simply, there are none”. McMillan says that she made her series about the taboo subject on purpose for this reason.
Even though “UnPrisoned” is about dysfunctional love and relationships. The show’s creator says, “There aren’t a lot of TV shows that talk about how that love life got the way it is”. She says that’s what happens when you focus on fatherhood and “daddy issues.”
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