Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Controversial athlete builds new family; some sexy stuff.

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Positive Messages

The series attempts to reframe Pete Rose's legacy into a positive one. It also highlights some of the challenges that come with relationships, marriage, and creating blended families. Baseball is often used as a metaphor for life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rose is infamously known for betting on his own baseball team, and being banned for life as a consequence. He seems passionate about his family and his work. There is an approximate 40-year age difference between the couple.


Rose jokingly calls for a shotgun to protect Cassie from young men, and mildly yells at the campers when they are not playing up to expectations. Brief stories are told about hurting animals.


There is some sexual innuendo, including references to genitals that range from words like "balls" to bleeped words like "t-ts" and "d--k". Breast sizes and augmentation is discussed.


Words like "ass" audible; words like "bitch," "t-ts" and "d--k" are bleeped.


Logos for sports venues like Pete Rose Camp and the Ultimate Training Factory are prominently featured. Apple computers, Chanel jewelry, bags, and other high end items are occasionally visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and cocktails visible over dinner and during social functions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs. is a pretty mild reality show, but it contains some sexual innuendo (including some crude sexual references), some occasional salty vocab, and some social drinking. Rose's infamous past (which got him banned from professional baseball), and his attempts to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame are also themes here, as is his impending marriage to a Playboy model 40 years his junior.

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What's the story?

PETE ROSE: HITS & MRS. stars former professional baseball player Pete Rose as he enjoys building a family life with his fiance, Kiana Kim. While the 71-year old continues his successful career in Las Vegas, he spends his weekends in Ventura, California, with the thirtysomething Playboy model and salon owner and her two children, 14-year-old Cassie and 11-year-old Ashton. He also runs the Pete Rose Baseball Camp for kids in Northridge, California. The long distance relationship isn't easy, especially when members of Pete and Kiana's family don't approve of the relationship and pending marriage. Also complicating things is Rose's successful and controversial baseball past, which resulted in him being banned for life from the sport he loves. But no matter how difficult, the pair is committed to making it work.

Is it any good?

Hits & Mrs. follows the couple as they work on making decisions that are best suited for them, including deciding where to live, how to raise children, and how to cope with family members who are uncomfortable with the forty-something year age difference between the two. Much of the show is also focused on showing how Rose is a good man, and how much he loves and is committed to baseball.

Folks interested in watching how the unlikely couple makes their relationship work might find something here. Pete Rose fans may gravitate to the show, too. But baseball lovers who take issue with his past will probably not like some of what they see here, and the show's lack of intense drama probably won't interest those looking for some guilty reality entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people appear on reality shows. Why do you think Pete Rose agreed to appear on this show? For money? Self-promotion? To improve his relationship with major league baseball? Do you think a reality series are a good way to get this kind of support?

  • Pete Rose is one of many great athletes who have made positive contributions to their sport, but were later accused of engaging in inappropriate behaviors. Should history remember them more for their talent and contributions, or for the mistakes that they made? Do they automatically become bad role models? How does the media characterize these athletes?

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