Drone Racing League

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Low-key competition series is fun for drone fans.

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Positive Messages

Viewers see the racers engage in intense but friendly competition. Even though there's disappointment (and some tears) for those who lose, there's always congratulations for the winners at the end. Participants are the best at what they do, displaying impressive skill and calm under the pressure of competition. Most of the participants are male.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The racers are generally likable and a diverse bunch drawn together by their shared passion. Even in the most intense moments of competition, they're always civil to each other and don't resort to trash-talking.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Drone Racing League is a competition series that follows racers' road to the ultimate title of world champion. Drone racing is a sport that's gaining in popularity, blending components of drone piloting and virtual reality gaming. Each episode consists of multiple heats of races to determine which racers will advance to the next level of competition. They're intense contests, but the participants are consistently respectful to each other, even in defeat. If you're not familiar with drone racing, the show probably won't strike your fancy, but it's an innocuous choice for tweens, and it's a decent example of people working hard to be the best in something that interests them.

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What's the story?

In DRONE RACING LEAGUE, the world's best drone racers compete in a multilevel competition to determine the sport's world champion. Putting their skills to the test on courses set up in abandoned buildings, athletic stadiums, and even a few businesses, these racers try to prove their mettle against the most talented of their peers.

Is it any good?

Drone enthusiasts will get the most out of this low-key competition series, but its appeal to general audiences will be hit or miss because this up-and-coming sport is so specialized. It's produced like traditional sporting contests with an announcer and an analyst providing commentary through multiple rounds of elimination races and a reporter conducting interviews with the participants in between. For those with an interest in drones and drone racing, this is a great way to see the best of the best practice their craft. For others, it will be a bit dry.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about drone racing. Do you think it's a legitimate sport? What defines whether something is a sport or not? What skills does success in Drone Racing League demand?

  • How does gaming unite people from different backgrounds with a common interest? Do your kids play online games against virtual opponents? What do they do to ensure their safety online?

  • What can you learn from competing in a sport or other contest? Is competition always a good thing? How does defeat inspire you to improve?

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