A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show doesn't pull any punches when it comes to showing the "true" nature of football. Viewers will walk away with an unvarnished look at the gridiron, from the dangers of pushing players too hard to the nature of fierce competition on the field.
Positive Role Models
The competitors do their best to intimidate their opponents with insults, rudeness, and threats (though it's probably not anything that any seasoned athletes in the family would flinch at).
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of confrontations between players, as well as on-the-field action, from players crashing into each other to painful injuries. Some players push themselves so hard physically that they throw up.
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The strongest words are bleeped, but this is professional football, and coaches use whatever language they can to inspire their players, including calling them names like "slapdick."
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Products & Purchases
Corporate sponsorship abounds, with logos plastered in every available space.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
While there's no room for that kind of thing during football camp, some players allude to having had problems in the past.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show about aspiring professional football players doesn't pull any punches. The competitors insult, threaten, and otherwise indimidate each other, and there's plenty of action on and off the field. Strong language, while often bleeped, is frequent and "creative," and players allude to substance use in the past. Bottom line? The grueling, brutal truth about football is displayed here in all its glory.
Is It Any Good?
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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