A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This mostly entertaining series shows athletes modeling positive behavior. The behind-the-scenes action gives viewers a window into the life of a professional athlete.
Athletes talk about how they overcame obstacles and practiced really hard to succeed, express gratitude toward teammates.
Positive Role Models
Professional athletes talk about the value of perseverance, hard work, teamwork. Featured athletes are somewhat diverse. Two are Black, two are women. Women are shown as fierce athletic competitors.
LeBron James episode is worst language offender: James says "ass" twice and there's a bleeped "f--k." Usain Bolt says "like a bat out of hell." Otherwise, episodes don't contain offending language.
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Products & Purchases
Product placement throughout since athletes wear uniforms with sponsor logos. LeBron James jokes that he wishes he could bottle up his "nothing" feeling and the graphic is a Sprite-esque bottle that says "nothing" as the brand.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
LeBron James compares his basketball expertise to being an expert sommelier, so there are graphic animations of a wine bottle and wine glass.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Greatness Code is a documentary series featuring professional athletes talking about career-defining moments. There is some mild language in some of the episodes, but others are completely clean. In Season 1, the LeBron James episode is the worst language offender, with "ass" and a bleeped but strongly implied "f--k." Because the athletes are wearing uniforms, there is product placement throughout the series, though it's not emphasized or lingered on. There's a fleeting reference to wine in the James episode. Overall, sports fans will enjoy hearing stories from some of the greatest athletes across various sports, and there are some great messages about perseverance, teamwork, and the value of hard work.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, this series is enjoyable -- especially for kids who like sports -- but there's some degree of variability in the quality of the storytelling. Quarterback Tom Brady talking about his perfect performance in a blowout game against the Buffalo Bills is less compelling than hearing Katie Ledecky telling the story of winning Olympic gold as a 15-year-old. The interviews are heavily stylized. The copious amounts of animation can makes the short feel more like a music video than a documentary, which makes it harder to follow the through line of the story the athlete is telling. This may make it particularly difficult for younger viewers to keep up.
Ultimately, however, sports fans will enjoy learning about the inspiring stories behind their heroes, and parents will appreciate the great example these athletes set with their work ethic and mental toughness. Greatness Code is a worthwhile watch for families and can spark conversations about what it takes to succeed.
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.