The docuseries explores the reasons why ordinary Americans go to great lengths to disguise their closest kept secrets. Each subject self-documents his/her self-journey – with handheld cameras, phones and laptops – revealing their secrets for the first time to friends, family and to the viewer at home.
“Secret Lives of Americans is a captivating, innovative docuseries that explores what secrets people choose to hide and why they choose to hide them,” said Belisa Balaban, EVP, Original Programming, Pivot. “We are excited to bring twenty new episodes that put a personal face on issues like religious tolerance, literacy and immigration.”
Season 2 looks at several high-stakes issues in the U.S. that push many to secrecy and isolation, including bankruptcy, veterans’ issues and addiction. In Episode 1, Amy, a young woman from Washington, DC, has been living a double life for the past 15 years. It’s now time for her to overcome her fear and share her true identity with friends. Amy’s secret is that her real name is Elhan and that she is a Muslim. In Episode 2, Cleo, a truck driver and busy mom, has been hiding a secret from her family for decades. No longer ashamed, she is ready to reveal the truth to her family so that they can move forward together. Cleo’s secret is that she never learned to read.
Secret Lives of Americans is executive produced by Greg Lipstone, Markus Schafer, Leah Hariton, and Danny Villa for MME/Filmpool USA and All3Media America. John Henshaw also serves as executive producer. Jeff Skoll, Christy Spitzer Thornton, and Lyle Gamm serve as executive producers for Pivot.