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Taking the cue from his mega-successful Super-Size Me, Morgan Spurlock launced a new show called 30 Days. The premise was similar: Morgan, or someone else, must live a certain lifestyle with strict rules, for a 30 day period. There are six one-hour episodes:
1. Mimimum Wage -- Morgan and his girlfriend must live on minimum wage and nothing more for 30 days. No access to credit cards.
2. Anti-Aging -- A man must take anti-aging drugs and hormones as many others have done, as well as excersize.
3. Muslims and America -- A Christian man lives with a Muslim family for one month, adopting their customs and manner of dress. This was one of the best episodes. It illustrates the prejudices infecting America today, and the similarities of the two faiths.
4. Straight Man in a Gay World -- Another Christian man goes to live in a gay neighborhood of San Fransisco with a gay roomate. This was another great eye-opening episode
5. Off the Grid -- Two New Yorkers must go live in a green community for 30 days, giving up the modern luxuries and lifestyle. One of them has a real hard time giving up meat, the other doesn't like doing without hair products.
6. Binge Drinking Mom -- A mom takes up her daughter's hard-drinking lifestyle and parties for 30 days. She must also continue to work as normal.
Some might say that Spurlock picks on conservatives a lot, and challenges them to change their viewpoints. That may well be. Any changes that happen here certainly appear onscreen to be a natural offshoot of living in another person's shoes. It doesn't matter who you are -- I think this series can be enlightening to anyone.
And of course, it's entertaining too. Off the Grid in particular was a fun episode, and it is loaded with ideas on how to use less and live a greener lifestyle. I'm not saying you need to convert your car to drive on used vegetable oil. But can it hurt to think about how much we consume?
Anyway, I think this is a great educational series. Prepare to have your assumptions changed.