4th & Forever: Muck City
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Florida football docu has positive messages, some language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The docuseries highlights the way the two Florida teams train and prepare for the football season, and the challenges they face during the process. It also underscores how important football is to the Muck City community. Hard work, commitment, and staying true to your goals are all themes.
Positive Role Models
The players are primarily Black, as are most of the coaches. The coaching staff works hard to build up the players so that they can play well and interest college scouts. Many of the players are from lower income families, and look at football as a way to build a better future for themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Some yelling during practices and during games. Players are tackled, injured, etc., but it’s all part of the sport.
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The word "ass" is frequently uttered.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for Nike, Adidas, Fila, Under Armor, and other sports brands visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 4th & Forever: Muck City is a docuseries about two rival high school football teams who strive to be the best in their local community. Themes include the need for hard work, and overcoming difficult circumstances to achieve one's goals. There's some occasional strong language, yelling, and tough plays on the football field. Themes like poverty, troubled parents, and other issues are also discussed. Lots of sports logos, including Nike, Under Armor, and Adidas are prominently visible on clothing and equipment.
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What's the Story?
4TH & FOREVER: MUCK CITY is a documentary series about two South Florida high school football teams battling for the number one spot in their community. Pahokee High and Glades Central are located in the western part of Palm Beach county called Muck City, an agricultural, economically disadvantaged area that is known for producing more NFL players than anywhere in the United States. Now the Pahokee Blue Devils and the Glades Central Raiders are training and playing hard to prove who is supreme on the field when they face off in the traditional Muck Bowl. Guiding the Pahokee team is Coach Demir "DJ" Boldin, a Pahokee alum and (brother of football pro Anquan Boldin). Meanwhile, NFL wide receiver Jessie Hester and Glades alum is committed to coaching the Raiders to victory.
Is It Any Good?
This solid sports docu, which is narrated by actor Sean Boyce Johnson, follows two champion Florida teams as they each play for state titles, and prepare to face off in a traditional game. It highlights some of the notable players who have natural talent, but still need to mature and evolve if they want to win games and attract the attention of college scouts. The day-to-day challenges some the players face, including coping with serious family issues, and not being able to immediately afford medical care when they are injured, are also noted.
Watching the coaches struggle to build up their teams, and the players adjusting to their coach's tough and structured NFL-style practices, will appeal to football fans. So will the scenes from the football games each team plays throughout the season. But while there are some introspective moments, 4th & Forever: Muck City is really about showcasing a community in which football is not only a local tradition, but a sport that offers opportunities for generations of young men to build a better future.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about football. What is it about the sport that fans love so much? Is it the way the game is played? The rivalries? Or the culture that surrounds it?
Excelling in sports, especially football and basketball, is often viewed as a primary way for disadvantaged youth to go to college, and build a better future for themselves. Is this a good thing? How do docuseries like 4th & Forever: Muck City reinforce this?
- Premiere date: May 20, 2020
- Cast: Jessie Hester, Demir Boldin, Sean Boyce Johnson
- Network: Max
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: High School
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: March 2, 2022
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