A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers learn about surfing culture and technique, the nature of international competitions, and the inherent risk of the sport.
You can conquer your fears and overcome obstacles. Surfing is a sport, and requires athleticism.
Positive Role Models
The pro surfers face their fears and train their bodies to achieve their goals. Their passion for the sport allows them to travel the world.
The series features both men and women equally, in sport dominated by men. Pro surfers from Brazil, the United States, and Australia are highlighted.
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Violence & Scariness
Critical and fatal injuries that surfers sustain in the water are mentioned and featured, including a shark attack. A surfer angry over losing a competition engages in property destruction.
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Explicit language, including "d--khead," "s--t," and "bitch," are used throughout.
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Products & Purchases
Surfing sponsors' brand logos, such as Roxy and Rip Curl, are frequently seen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Make or Break is a seven-part documentary series that follows pro surfers at the 2021 World Surf League Championship tour. The series is intended for mature audiences; it contains explicit language and critical injuries sustained by surfers. Parents of younger children who love surfing may wish to watch with them and have conversations about inappropriate or unsafe behavior. Each 40-minute episode follows different surfers in various stages of the international competition. Themes include high-risk surfing, competitiveness, and a respect for beaches.
Is It Any Good?
An intense, exhilarating, and emotional look into the world of pro-surfing, this is a raw and unapologetic series that highlights the highs and lows of the potentially fatal sport. Make or Break viewers will be left with a newfound or greater appreciation for the sport and all the sacrifices athletes must make for a chance to win the top ranking. Parents may wish to engage in conversations about the unsafe aspects of the sport during viewing.
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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.