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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ball Boys highlights how sports can create communities and bring people together both professionally and socially. The show is male-oriented, with some off-hand sexism.
Positive Role Models
Robbie Sr. and Jr. have a close relationship, and they've found a profession involving something they love and seem to be good at.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of discussions about knocking out opponents and other sports-related contact.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible; occasional curses like "s--t" are bleeped, with mouths blurred.
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Products & Purchases
The show centers on the store Robbie's 1st Base. Logos for various sports franchises -- including the N.Y. Yankees, the Green Bay packers, and the Cleveland Browns -- are prominently visible. Occasionally other sports memorabilia businesses, like Steiner Sports, are also featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Meetings with collectors sometimes take place at bars and restaurants.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ball Boys -- a reality show centered on the buying and selling of sports memorabilia -- is pretty mild but does have some iffy language ("hell," "damn,"; occasional curses bleeped, with mouths blurred) and some mildly sexist comments.
Is It Any Good?
Ball Boys provides a look into the community that has been created within Robbie's 1st Base, which acts as a local haunt for sports fans to bond and share their personal stories. It also offers lots of information about the authentication process, as well as the techniques used to purchase and sell valuable sports collectibles.
It's fun, but like most unscripted shows, Ball Boys has its share of semi-rehearsed moments. It probably won't appeal to non-sports fans, either. But those who like this sort of thing will appreciate the athletic history offered here and no doubt will find the endless sports-related banter entertaining.
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