"Not easy viewing, perhaps, but we live in a media landscape where, if such stories are spotlighted at all, they're usually given mere lip service...This is what makes Kartemquin's long-form examination so vital."
"The way this kind of series...grabs your soul is by letting these individuals speak. Listening to their stories, and understanding that the root of all great storytelling is having a compelling narrative, is all the incentive I need to set my DVR to watch this one."
"The episodes show them balancing everyday decisions about home, health, work, transportation, and paychecks with decisions about finding stability and growing in professions, faith, and hobbies. These decisions and their outcomes give this series its depth and its strength."
"Tales of extreme wealth or poverty capture the public’s attention, says Elizabeth Bonta, a counselor whose boyfriend, a two-tour veteran, now does clerical work. 'That, I think, is the American story.'”