Grapevine

5.0/5

Critic Rating

In August 2022, at a packed school board meeting in Grapevine, Texas, a mom approaches the microphone and describes the exact nightmare that Republican politicians have been warning about. She accuses a teacher of convincing her child to change genders. As a result, she says, “I lost my son.” But when NBC News reporters Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton look into this mother’s allegations, they find a different story: of a transgender child desperately wanting to be heard, a mother determined to put God first — and an English teacher caught in the middle. And they discover this isn’t just a story ab...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Reggie Ugwu • New York Times Dec 4, 2023

"...dogged and empathetic reporting shines throughout this ambitious and well-crafted series about the fight over transgender rights in public schools. “Grapevine” excels at weaving from micro to macro, showing how political and cultural trends in capitol buildings and on cable news can harm vulnerable individuals downstream."

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Score: 5

Mara Davis • Paste Magazine Nov 17, 2023

"This in depth look at the district reflects the hysteria of LBGTQ inclusion, book banning and outside groups trying to take over school boards."

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Score: 5

Sarah Larson • New Yorker Sep 29, 2023

"One of the strengths and amazements of “Grapevine,” produced by the stellar team of Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton from NBC News, is that it delivers the same kind of knockout punch that its predecessor “Southlake” did. Hixenbaugh and Hylton are remarkably thorough..."

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