Parents' Guide to

4th & Forever

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Solid football docu has themes of courage, perseverance.

TV Max Reality TV 2011
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This first docuseries in the 4th & Forever franchise follows the common sports docu formula of redemption and opportunity. The young football players are seeking to prove that they are champions after a humiliating 2009 season. It also highlights how many of the players are relying on success in the sport to earn college scholarships, potentially play for the the NFL, and build a better life for themselves through the sport.

While it's focused on the Jackrabbits' practices and games, most of the drama comes from the personal narratives of the players, who are dealing first-hand with poverty, neighborhood gang activity, teen parenthood, and other issues. But many of the conversations between the players feel contrived, and the overall series feels lackluster compared to other unscripted football documentaries. Some football fans might want to tune in, but others may be less inclined to watch 4th & Forever after the first episode.

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