Being Terry Kennedy

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Positive pro skater balances sport, business, and family.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights how difficult it can be to balance multiple careers. It also highlights the importance of family and friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kennedy has achieved success as a professional athlete and is attempting to convert that success into a business venture. He has overcome adversity and leads a largely positive lifestyle. He financially supports his extended family.


T.K. briefly talks about being shot in 2006. Occasionally he loses his temper, yells, and kicks things. The family occasionally gets into heated arguments.


Contains some sexual innuendo. Kennedy is pressured by his Grandma to begin looking for "the right girl." Phil sometimes discusses the women he's dated.


Words like “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped.


Kennedy’s brand, Fly Society, is prominently featured. His skate shop, District 8, is also visible. T.K. is the captain of the Ice Cream Skating team. Mercedes-Benz and other expensive cars are sometimes referenced and/or visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The drug-related death of Kennedy’s mother is briefly discussed. He does not drink or smoke.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series features professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy trying to keep his career going while pursuing other business ventures. There’s lots of talk about money, but these conversations are often in the context of the athlete looking for ways to financially support his extended family. It contains some strong language (“f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped), some references to his rough childhood, including losing his mother to drugs and getting shot. Kennedy’s brand logo, Fly Society, is prominently featured. The series also contains some very positive messages about making proactive life choices and the importance of family

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What's the story?

BEING TERRY KENNEDY is a reality series that follows professional skateboarder Terry "T.K." Kennedy as he manages his full-time skateboarding career while expanding his brand logo and working on his musical business. The captain of the Ice Cream Skate Team is pressured by agents, publicists, and sponsors to perform at top levels. But balancing his career with his business ventures, which includes a T-shirt and shoe line, as well as his rap group Fly Society, quickly proves to be overwhelming. Luckily he has a supportive family, including his Uncle Phil, his big brother Phillip, cousins Reggie and Li’l Phil, and most important, his grandma, who help him as best they can. Celebrity pals like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Rob Dyrdek, and Justin Bieber also lend a hand and offer some much needed advice.

Is it any good?

Kennedy, who has been featured on other shows like Viva La Bam and Run’s House, shows us what life is like for a business mogul before s/he hits the big time. Meanwhile, most of the conversations that take place throughout the show are about wanting, needing, and making money. While some of this talk about cash comes from the desire to drive expensive cars and afford other luxuries, much of it is spurred by Kennedy’s desire to support his extended family.

It contains some salty language and some mature storylines that shed light on the skateboarder’s rough past. But it is the show’s overall positive messages about making constructive life choices, living a balanced life, and the importance of family, that make it a worthwhile viewing choice. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it is like to go from athlete to business mogul. What kinds of challenges do people face when trying to promote their name as a brand? Is it just about advertising, or is there something else to it? Can any celebrity become a successful businessperson? Why or why not?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 12, 2010
  • Cast: Terry Kennedy
  • Network: BET
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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