A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about perseverance, integrity, and honesty.
Positive Role Models
Leadership, compassion, and ingenuity.
Features racial diversity amongst the people interviewed. However, it is noticeable that most of the players who are interviewed are Black, while most of the executives and coaches interviewed are White.
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Violence & Scariness
Some descriptions of violence and violent crime. For example, early in the series there's a description of a murder including how it was done, speculation on who did it, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion about sex and relationships. Though it doesn't speak explicitly about sex, there's a lot of objectification of women, especially when it comes to the Laker Girls.
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Profanity is sometimes used: "motherf--ker," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some secondhand product placement (for the Lakers' sponsors, for example), and the Lakers brand and the NBA itself are of course products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some discussion of alcohol, and archival pictures and video of people drinking and smoking. No drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers is a docueries about the modern history of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. The series begins in 1979, with Jerry Buss's purchase of the team and its subsequent rise in popularity. There is a pointed focus on Dr. Buss and the Buss family (perhaps in response to HBO's recent Laker drama, Winning Time), and the series pivots between discussion management decisions and actual basketball.
Is It Any Good?
Beginning with the subtitle, it's obvious that this "true story" was hastily put out as a counter to HBO's popular Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Sure enough, Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers immediately places its focus on the Buss family, owners of the team for two generations who in 2022 are threatening to sue HBO for Winning Time's depiction of them. Generally, PR-driven documentaries like this don't reveall the insider details they promise. That's exactly the case with Legacy, which presents a sanitized version of Buss family drama alongside a by-the-numbers recap of the last four decades of Laker basketball.
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