Losers

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Sports docu series dependent on hit-or-miss stories.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Personal and professional redemption, triumph over adverse circumstances.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show focuses on an array of different American and international sports, and can sometimes talk frankly about complex issues within them. However, most of the episodes (six out of eight in the first season) are about white/European athletes.

Violence

Losers features a some sports-related violence (i.e. boxing) and discussion of domestic violence.

Sex
Language

Depending on the interview subjects, profanity can include "f--k," "s--t," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drugs, and smoking are not depicted but are talked about frequently, especially in relation to celebrating sports victories or mourning losses.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Losers is a sports documentary show that tells the stories of failed athletes to find out how they recovered from their losses. Some of the show's interview subjects use profanity, including "f--k" and "s--t," and there's some sport-related violence (i.e. boxing) as well as some discussion of domestic violence. Content varies from episode to episode -- some are about post-career redemption stories while others are about just getting a win when it's needed most. 

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What's the story?

LOSERS is a documentary series that focuses on what are often the lowest points of an athlete's career: their biggest defeats, most embarrassing losses, or the moments that made them quit sports. The show looks at how their personal lives and careers led to these events -- with some emphasis on how much talent and perseverance it takes to compete at a professional level -- and how they recovered from them.

Is it any good?

Each episode of this series relies on the particular stories each one tells, and unfortunately many of them are anecdotal incidents that get stretched out way too long. It's incredibly valuable to see how much work goes into being a professional athlete, and how that work is often accompanied by public hostility and personal hardship, and it's equally valuable to see athletes triumphing over adverse circumstances in surprising and compelling ways. Sometimes Losers gets there, but ultimately the result is a sort of poor man's 30 for 30 with stories that rarely live up to their intriguing premises.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a professional athlete. How did the subjects of Losers get involved with sports? How did they succeed? How did they fail?

  • What surprised you about the athletes' backgrounds? What were some of their motivations for becoming athletes? Do their stories change how you view athletes or sports in general?

  • What are some of the relationships between athletes and fans? Between athletes and the media? Between athletes and their managers, coaches, teammates, or competitors? How did these relationships affect the subjects' careers?

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