A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights what drives athletes, and what they think and do when pushing themselves to the top of their game. Themes range from difficult childhoods to challenges throughout their lives. Racist attitudes in some sports are discussed.
Positive Role Models
Athletes aren't perfect but are committed to their sport and competing in it fairly. Good sporting conduct is exhibited.
Violence & Scariness
Some athletes talk about prior injuries, etc. The death of an athlete is discussed. Races are given titles like "sudden death" and "rampage." Some races/events are more dangerous than others.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible. Curses are bleeped with mouths blurred. The use of a racial slur is discussed.
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Products & Purchases
Red Bull is a major sponsor of the series, and the brand is prominently featured. Logos for Suzuki, Geico, Honda, and other athlete sponsors are also prominently visible. Other brands, like Vans, are visible in the background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some athletes have run into trouble for not admitting to taking prescription meds, etc. These moments are briefly referenced.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peaking is a reality series about action sport athletes preparing to compete in big sporting events that may be key moments in their careers. There's some strong language, like "hell" and "damn," as well some bleeped cursing (mouths are blurred). Accidents, injuries, and dangers associated with some of these sports are discussed, as is the death of a featured athlete months after an event. There are some conversations about controversial issues like prescription drug use, sport suspensions, and racism. Red Bull is a major sponsor of the series; its logo, in addition to many others, is prominently visible.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting series gives sports fans a chance to get to learn more about specific athletes from each one's individual point of view. While some are trying to overcome anxieties following major accidents and injuries, others are trying to reclaim their position and reputation after being sanctioned or suspended. Adding to their sports moments are stories about coping with poverty, confronting racism, and other challenges that impact the way they view themselves as competitors. But while each of their stories is different, as are the obstacles they face, they all share the desire to remain at the top of the sport they love. Ultimately, Peaking serves to show the very human side of athletes, and how they negotiate their personal feelings and fears in order to keep competing.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.