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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sex, conspicuous consumption, cursing in football drama.

TV HBO Drama 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Fun Football Show with THE ROCK

There is no sex, just kissing (barely). Although there is profanity such as f-ck, sh-t, and b-tch. I feel comfortable with letting my children watch shows with profanity, because I know that they know not to repeat it, but in the end it comes down to whether or not you feel comfortable with your kids watching shows with language.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much swearing
age 16+
Ballers is a good show for anyone interested in management and football or glamour. But it has far too much sex scenes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Many of the beats found in Ballers will be familiar to fans of football genres: young players, flush with success, dripping in fancy cars and easy women, trying to live life to the fullest because they know full well the gravy train could screech to a stop at any time. Meanwhile, a slightly older and wiser version of those players (the effortlessly charming Johnson, natch) tries to keep things rolling along even as the reckless players get themselves into scrape after scrape. But, though the source material seems familiar, the appealing actors, zippy plotting, and snappy (yet realistic) dialogue keeps things fresh. Freshest of all: Ballers gives the wives, girlfriends, and female colleagues of the players and their agents meaty roles. When Greane comes home to tell his long-suffering wife that he's finally, finally found a job, wife Julie (Jazmyn Simon) jumps on him, squeals, starts doing a playful striptease, and teases him at the same time about her role in her husband's success: "You know you like a tough coach!" She is that, as well as a vibrant, interesting character, just as interesting as her husband and every other character on-screen. You don't have to like football to like this intriguing show.

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