The Healing Powers of Dude Season 1

Last week a new Netflix series premiered and while it has some wacky moments, it’s got enough heart and inspiration to win over.

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The first season of The Healing Powers of Dude is about an 11-year-old boy named Noah (played by Jace Chapman), who’s suffering from social anxiety disorder and the one thing that could help him is a dog named Dude; who’s trained to be a support therapy dog. After getting dude, Noah makes new friends with Amara and Simon (played by Sophie Kim and Mauricio Lara). And even has a crush on a girl named Valerie (played by Gabrielle Quinn).

But he also deals with fun and supportive parents (played by Larisa Oleynik and Tom Evertt Scott) and a young but wise little sister in Embry. While anxiety is Noah’s enemy, Dude has his own in the school’s principal; who has a dislike towards dogs and pulls off a sad, cruel and yet interesting way for a season two.

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I very much enjoyed this first season and while it has some goofy yet funny moments; the show has heart and inspiration and tackles mental health head-on in the rightful way of social anxiety. This ensemble cast is amazing and while Chapman steals the show; Kim and Lara give such an amazing performance as Noah’s best friends; while Oleynik and Scott are amazing and hilarious. The writing was as good that has some strong character growth.

While this show has heart and inspiration; it hits close to home for me as I, too, have a social anxiety disorder. Whether it’s at school, family gatherings, or public places I was the kind of person that shutdown like a hermit crab and while therapy support dogs wasn’t a thing; I had the one thing that had helped me and that was television. Just watching one episode of a comedy or a drama helped me calm down my nerves before going anywhere.  I think this show is for parents to watch with their kids and not only watch but to teach as well.  The show serves a great message and I hope that the show gets another season.

Have you seen The Healing Powers of Dude? What did you think of the series? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts.

You can catch the first season of The Healing Powers of Dude available on Netflix now.