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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Competitive banter sometimes turns into heated outbursts among the jockeys. Personal drama is exploited for entertainment value. The group of featured jockeys includes two women and five men.
Violence & Scariness
The show plays up the dangers of jockeys' work, and some scenes show racing accidents that send horses and their riders tumbling to the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The series follows the jockeys' personal lives as well as their professional ones, so some scenes show couples kissing. Two jockeys are dating and live together.
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Sporadic use of (bleeped) expletives like "ass" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often drink alcohol at parties and celebrations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this docu-soap accentuates the drama in its subjects' personal and professional lives, so viewers can expect some shows of temper (yelling, knocking stuff down, etc.) and plenty of tears. Jockeys often discuss the danger inherent in horse racing, and some scenes show accidents that send both horse and rider skidding across the ground. In heated moments, language is a concern (though words like "f--k" are bleeped). On the positive side, the series includes two women -- who are in the minority in this typically male-dominated profession -- among its seven-jockey cast.
Is It Any Good?
Think riding horses around a track is all fun and games? Think again. Jockeys sheds light on the extreme competitiveness of racing and the inner confidence it takes to mount an unfamiliar thoroughbred moments before the starting bell rings. It also gives viewers some sense of the emotional strain suffered by the jockeys' families as they watch their loved ones put their lives on the line for the job they lovel; it's easy to sense their worry at the start of each race.
The show is entertaining enough, and there's plenty of reality-style drama for viewers to lose themselves in, but it's not intended for young horse fans. Tempers sometimes fly in stressful moments, and what begins as friendly banter between competitors can quickly become heated exchanges peppered with strong language and physical outbursts. Plus, the show replays frightening scenes of racing accidents that send horses and jockeys reeling to the ground, so there's more to worry kids here than to entertain them.
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