Jagger Eaton's Mega Life

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Skateboarding phenom seizes the day in so-so show.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Jagger's enthusiasm for trying new things exposes him to people who excel in their chosen fields. They mentor him, encouraging healthy habits both physically and mentally and reiterating the value of perseverance. While kids may find his willingness to take on new challenges inspiring, his is a lifestyle not really achievable by most people with limited access to, for example, professional athletes and a family-owned skate park.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jagger is one of the best at what he does, and he acknowledges that his success has been many years in the making. He's gracious with competitors and respectful of the people he meets in the course of the show. His mentors always offer good advice that helps Jagger stay at the top of his game.

Violence & Scariness

Some spills on the ramps as Jagger practices and competes, but no injuries.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Jagger's exposure increases with his involvement in this show, as does that of the many other pro athletes he meets. There's mention of skateboarding competitions such as the X Games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jagger Eaton's Mega Life is a reality series that follows the teen skateboarder as he, his brothers, and his friends take on new challenges. Many segments involve professional athletes who teach Jagger something new and/or join him on his adventures. Others show Jagger and his peers mixing it up on the ramps either in practice or competition. There's much mention of Jagger's celebrated boarding career and the contests he's won, and he and other competitors talk about things like handling pressure and training to be their best. This series is frivolous but fun, and the persistent theme about the value of trying new things could inspire kids to step out of their own comfort zones.

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What's the story?

Teen skateboarding phenom Jagger Eaton proves he loves to live life to its fullest in JAGGER EATON'S MEGA LIFE. Whether he's gearing up for a big competition or just enjoying some time with friends, Jagger's the type to seize every opportunity and step out of his comfort zone when he gets the chance. In this wild series, Jagger's travels introduce him to other high achievers, from NFL players to mixed martial arts champs, who put his skills to the test on their turf instead of his.

Is it any good?

Charismatic Jagger is a natural in front of the camera, and his adventures are fun -- and occasionally inspiring -- to watch, but his is a lifestyle that's difficult to relate to. While he tries to present himself as the "boy next door" type, it doesn't really jive with the privilege that plays out on-screen as he hangs with "pals" like Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald or samples the menu with his friends at a sushi joint just for fun. Young fans of Jagger's will enjoy seeing this side of the accomplished skateboarder, but there's much less appeal for the average viewer.

As to its messages, Jagger Eaton's Mega Life does have some notable moments as older mentors impart wisdom to the teen and, by extension, the audience. From healthy eating habits to the importance of believing in yourself, these pros have unique perspectives to share with Jagger on hard work, perseverance, and success.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their kids' hobbies. Are yours sporty, artistic, musical, bookish, or something else entirely? By what measure do they gauge their success in their hobbies? Are hobbies valuable even when there's no competitive element?

  • Kids: Do you think this series gives an accurate glimpse of Jagger's life? Does he ever seem to have "real" concerns like school, chores, and family obligations? How much of what we see on TV can we believe to be real? Given that, is it fair to judge ourselves by comparison?

  • Kids: Who are some of your mentors? Are they people you know or people you admire from afar? What can we learn about how to live well from people who don't?

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