A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes hard work, committment, and dedication, as well as respect for others and yourself.
Positive Role Models
Aside from a few isolated incidents, the competitors treat each other with a surprising amount of respect, viewing on another as opponents rather than adversaries. They're physically fit, assertive, and strong, and they come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of the women say that fighting has helped them channel their aggression, get healthy, and boost their self-esteem.
Violence & Scariness
As the title suggests, fighting and violence are integral parts of the show. But these women are serious athletes whose sport requires them to beat each other up. The majority of the violence takes place inside the ring, where it's legitimate -- and legal -- to punch and kick.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few of the women are married or in committed relationships. But constant training leaves little time for romance.
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Language is surprisingly clean. Terms like "ass" and "hell" pop up infrequently. "F--k," which is rare, is always bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The Oxygen network occasionally promotes its own Web site via text that runs across the bottom of the screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, despite its provocative title, this is not a rehash of The Bad Girls Club -- Oxygen's other original series about tough women who like to fight each other. Here, the women are assertive rather than asinine and -- through their dedication and commitment to their sport (martial arts) -- prove themselves worthy of role-model status. Drinking, swearing, and other types of iffy behavior are kept to a minimum, making this an interesting, entertaining show that families with older tweens and young teens can watch together. But the graphic nature of the fighting segments takes it off the list for younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
You'd think that squeezing a group of well-formed women who love to fight into the same living space would be a recipe for Jerry Springer-style brawls. But it's exactly the opposite in Fight Girls. The most compelling aspect of Fight Girls isn't really the fighting itself, although that does prove pretty riveting. It's the fact that so much of the typical reality show hoo-hah -- the casual sex, the catfights, the serial binge drinking -- is noticeably absent. Instead, the focus seems to be on the individual journeys of 10 remarkably complex and downright interesting women who support each other more often than they attack each other. Well, outside the ring, anyway.
If you take away the estrogen, Fight Girls is a lot like Spike TV's Ultimate Fighter, which follows the experiences of 16 male martial artists living under the same roof. But no serious study of fighting would be complete without the now-classic Fight Club (for mature teens and adults, anyway) ... just remember not to talk about it afterward.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.