When I first heard about Push Girls coming out, I was unsure. A reality show featuring four really pretty women in wheelchairs? Sure, sounded awesome, but only if it was produced right (and we all know how Hollywood producers are).
But now that the first season is over (and it was renewed), I have to say I really liked the series. A lot, in fact! So much so that I wrote a review of every episode on my site. The series aired on Sundance, had 14 episodes and featured five women with spinal cord injuries — Angela, Tiphany, Mia, Auti and Chelsea (not pictured).
All the girls had stories, really awesome stories, and I have to say Sundance did a really good job of highlighting them in a non-condescending and beautiful way. They could have follwed a trite formula, and borderline almost went there in a few episodes — for example rehashing their injury stories several times, but that gets ratings. You can’t blame a channel for that.
What made me happy is that at the end of the day, despite it’s imperfections, they made sure several aspects of their lives were highlighted so viewers could see that you can still live a rich, fulfilling life and use a wheelchair. There are a lot of able-bodied people who watched the show, and they now know a heck of a lot more about us. Kind of unnerving, but it’s a good thing.
What’s great about the series is that it focuses on the women being strong, and pushing on through adversity. The