After her son Theo developed severe asthma, exec producer Chris Nee created “Doc McStuffins,” a series about a 6-year-old girl who runs a clinic for broken toys, to alleviate children’s fears about visiting the doctor. Nee even named Doc’s dolls and stuffed animals after Theo, his friends and relatives.
“It’s the ultimate wish fulfillment for kids and their parents,” she says. “Kids really want to talk to their toys and parents really want their kids to grow up to be doctors.”
To wit, the Artemis Medical Society, which supports women psychiatrists of color, has created the We Are Doc McStuffins movement in celebration of the show’s African-American characters.
“(They’re) so passionate about seeing a portrayal of themselves as kids,” Nee says. “You can’t be it if you don’t see it.”
— Maane Khatchatourian