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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there the series does have some positive messages about being proud of who you are, they're mostly overshadowed by the wrestlers' over-the-top, often risky and dangerous behavior.
Positive Role Models
Although Richardson and his team are proud of and empowered by being little (and are a tight-knit group who care about one another), they choose an extreme and potentially dangerous way of showing it -- their more positive examples are overshadowed by their over-the-top stunts.
Violence & Scariness
Wrestling scenes feature choreographed body slams and other wrestling moves. Pre-match stunts and pranks outside of the ring include hitting and/or stapling a person's head and/or genitals and tying a dog collar around a rookie wrestler's neck and administering electric shocks. At least one of the wrestlers gets seriously hurt (gushing blood and deep gaping wounds visible).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The wrestlers often take their clothes off to perform stunts (no nudity is shown). During a hazing ritual, a rookie wrestler's genitals are shaved. Women are often shown in bikinis and dancing suggestively and/or taking sexually suggestive positions. Wrestlers are shown fondling women's breasts and buttocks. The group likes to play the "getting laid" game.
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Very frequent swearing, ranging from words like "piss" and "ass" to bleeped curses like "goddamn," "s--t," "f--k," and more.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Richardson's Midget Wrestling Tour.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The cast is shown drinking (beer, hard liquor) after matches and/or during events and parties. Drunken behavior often leads to crazy (and dangerous) stunts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows a team of professional little person wrestlers performing choreographed moves, stunts, and crude pranks -- is chock full of dangerous activities that kids should never try at home. There's also lots of strong langauge (words like "piss" and "ass" are audible, while those like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped), over-the-top sexual content (suggestive dancing, stripping, fondling of breasts and buttocks, etc.), and drinking -- sometimes to excess. Despite the fact that the wrestlers are a very close group who view what they do as empowering, any positive take-aways from the show are totally overshadowed by the extreme nature of the behavior on display.
Is It Any Good?
Half Pint Brawlers is more about the cast's wild activities than it is about pro wrestling. As a result, the group often looks and acts more like a circus sideshow than wrestling professionals. But unlike shows such as Jackass and The Dudesons, the cast of this show sees the silly, violent, and dangerous stunts they perform as a way to empower themselves while having fun in a world that fails to really accept them for who they are.
Unfortunately, the endless crude, violent, and perilous stunts featured in the show overshadow any potentially positive messages about self-acceptance. The strong language and over-the-top sexual content don't help either. Some folks may find Half Pint Brawlers voyeuristically entertaining, but it definitely isn't for everyone.
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.