Parents' Guide to

4th and Long

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Players' competition for NFL is too rough for young kids.

TV Spike Reality TV 2009
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In borrowing the formula of more family- and female-oriented reality shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Top Chef and applying it to professional football, any network would naturally try to ramp up the testosterone levels until they're off the chart. Spike, of course, does its levelheaded best to obliterate the chart.

Players are pushed until they literally throw up on the field (repeatedly and in full frame), bone crunching tackles and gruesome injuries are displayed in stomach-churning slow motion, and every jump cut is accompanied by pounding drums and screaming guitars. Still, anyone who ever lived through the visceral experience of high school or college football will immediately connect with the incredible difficulty that these players face in trying not just to emerge victorious, but to simply survive.

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