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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Rossi asserts that pit bulls have bad reputations and aren't dangerous; he's an advocate for the breed. The series promotes getting dogs neutered/spayed and eliminating breeding practices.
Positive Role Models
Shorty and his cohorts have good intentions when it comes to saving the pit bulls, but sometimes they resort to trespassing, breaking, and entering, and stealing in order to rescue them. Shorty also takes potentially dangerous chances when approaching and handling stray dogs -- which kids may need to be reminded not to emulate.
Violence & Scariness
Shorty briefly discusses his conviction for attempted murder and subsequent time in prison. Euthanizing dogs is also discussed. People are shown pushing, shoving, and wrestling with each other, but many of these confrontations seem staged.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual innuendo. Some cast members are seen pole dancing with women in tight outfits.
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Words like "piss," "hell," and "ass" are audible. Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for Shortywood Productions, Shorty's Rescue, and various pit bull rescue organizations.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar smoking and beer drinking are visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series promotes the rescuing and adoption of pit bulls. Star/dedicated rescuer Shorty Rossi is passionate about the dogs but sometimes resorts to violence and/or illegal tactics to save them. There are some conversations about criminal behavior, and cast members sometimes argue, yell, and fight (although some of these conflicts appear staged). Expect plenty of strong vocab (words like "piss," "hell," and "ass" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped) and occasional scenes of things like suggestive dancing, cigar smoking, and beer drinking. Rossi takes many risks when approaching stray pit bulls; remind kids never to attempt similar tactics when coming into contact with unfamiliar, potentially aggressive animals.
Is It Any Good?
Pit Boss ultimately offers a fairly convoluted blend of information about the little people community, the world of entertainment management, and pit bull rescue. Rossi consistently parallels his life with the dogs', claiming that they -- like him -- are members of a community that is stereotyped and misunderstood. But while he seeks to highlight and empower his community, his employees (all of whom are also little people) often come off as comical or silly when they're thrown into dog rescue missions thanks to their lack of knowledge and/or passion about the animals.
Rossi's heart is in the right place, but his tendency to resort to shouting matches and staged-feeling physical fights over dogs doesn't send the best messages. And some of his rescue tactics -- like breaking locks to enter people's private property -- aren't very ethical, either. In the end, while the show means well, some of the antics featured here just aren't very constructive.
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