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Family Foreman

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boxing hero hogs the limelight in so-so show.

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Foreman's list of achievements includes an Olympic medal, a handful of books, a lucrative endorsement career, a youth center he sponsors in his Texas town, and even his own church, over which he presides as an ordained minister. With such established success, you have to wonder why he thought it was necessary to jump on the reality bandwagon. Not only is there no real need for this series, but there's precious little to love about it. While Foreman claims that his family is his greatest source of pride, conversations often invite mention of his own professional success, and he frequently comes across as egotistical. (He even named all five of his sons George, and calls them by nicknames like "Red" and "Big Wheel" to avoid confusion.) He also keeps the focus on himself by monopolizing the onscreen confessionals, which allow him to expound on how misunderstood he is by his family members.

Reality TV fans are also likely to be turned off by how much the show smacks of scripted dialogue. Most conversations feel so awkward that it's impossible to believe they're natural and undirected, and even typical family bickering seems like a performance. The only bright spots are scenes of Foreman interacting with the public, especially those in which he coaches the kids at his youth center and inspires them to lead responsible lives free of drugs and alcohol.

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