Man in the Arena: Tom Brady
By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
PR-driven look at quarterback's career has language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about teamwork, work ethic, and overcoming adversity.
Positive Role Models
People display resilience, humility, compassion, and competitive spirit.
Reflects the diversity within the NFL, which is to say it focuses almost strictly on Black men and White men. Women are discussed only in the context of Tom Brady's relationships.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence inherent in the game of football itself, and the injuries that come from it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is limited to discussion of Brady's romantic relationships.
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Profanity is used occasionally, almost exclusively by Brady himself: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Promotes the NFL brand as well as some of the brands Tom Brady is affiliated with.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Man in the Arena is a sports documentary about Tom Brady. Each episode revisits an era in Brady's career, from his first year as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots to the present day. It seems intended for viewers who are already familiar with Brady's career and have some understanding of the rules and history of the NFL. For example, the first episode spends some time on the origin of "the tuck rule" in a way that might be tough to understand without already knowing about the tuck rule. It's also important to understand that Man in the Arena is produced by Brady himself, so it's a manicured look at his career that feels PR-driven in a way that a true documentary might not.
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What's the Story?
MAN IN THE ARENA retraces the long, illustrious career of Tom Brady, from his selection as a 6th-round draft pick to his seven Super Bowl rings. The series goes in-depth on Brady's evolution as a player and person by digging into all of his clutch moments and big games.
Is It Any Good?
This docuseries feels less like a sports doc and more like a promotional reel for someone who's going to be running for office. Tom Brady's career arc is practically mythological at this point; here, Man in the Arena gives fans a glimpse at how it all unfolded in real time from Brady and his teammates' points of view. But there's a big difference between a candid sports doc (like, say, The Last Dance) and one that simply recaps what most viewers already know. Man in the Arena presents a very shiny, presentable picture of Brady, who has, in fact, spent most of the last 20 years as one of the most hated players in the NFL. It doesn't, however, reveal any real depth in Brady's character.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Tom Brady. How much did you know about Brady's career? How did you feel about him? Did Man in the Arena change the way you feel about Brady?
What are some of the lessons to be taken from Brady's career? What are some of the things that made him successful?
How does Brady present himself throughout the documentary? Did any of his demeanor surprise you? Does the way he sees himself match up with the way he is seen by football fans? Why, or why not?
- Premiere date: November 16, 2021
- Cast: Tom Brady
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: July 7, 2022
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