Parents' Guide to

Onion SportsDome

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Witty, satirical take on sports news can get crass.

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The idea of a series that parodies the too-cool-for-school sports celebrity worship of ESPN is long overdue, and Onion SportsDome aims in that direction. The stories themselves actually aren't the real attraction; they're hit or miss, in fact, relying too often on broader comedy for casual sports fans rather than aiming straight for the jugular of the sports world. Instead, it's as a parody of the venerable sports-centric TV network that SportsDome really soars. Anchors Mark Shepard and Alex Reiser strike the perfect tone to puncture the on-air persona of the classic ESPN SportsCenter host -- hipper than hip, above it all, and better than you. The show's scripting cleverly creates off-camera characters for the duo and a sharp give-take relationship.

There's a strong tone to SportsDome, and the series gets off some good burns on the NFL, Alex Rodriguez, and other sports icons, though the individual bits could be sharper. What's worth following is how the actors and characters develop into a potentially scathing mockery of ESPN and the overall glorification of sports entertainment.

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