A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series intends to entertain, but there are recurring themes of discipline, hard work, and following your dreams.
Stories introduce viewers to athletic prodigies making a big splash in their sports. Common themes include overcoming hardship, challenging stereotypes (gender, socioeconomic, etc.), setting goals, sacrificing to achieve them. Strong messages about importance of family support in the young athletes' efforts, and reminders that success isn't always a score or a win. Spotlights athletes from diverse backgrounds.
Positive Role Models
These athletes are at the top of their game because of their dedication and determination to succeed. Often that comes at cost of other hobbies or activities, but to hear them tell it, the process is worth it for them to meet their goals. Most speak to the important role family and community support plays in their success.
Violence & Scariness
Some mention of sports injuries.
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Rarely "hell" and pseudo cursing like "frickin'."
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Products & Purchases
The rising athletic stars gain visibility from this series. Some scenes show brand names like Adidas in the background. Mention of social media like Instagram.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prodigy is a collection of origin stories of some of the brightest young stars in the world of sports. The series introduces a different teen athlete in each episode and details that athlete's accomplishments to date and goals for the future. Interviews with the subject, family members, and coaches help structure viewers' sense of the athlete as a person and as a competitor. Some stories involve minimal language like "hell" and "frickin'," but otherwise the series -- and its strong messages about industriousness, defying stereotypes, and overcoming challenges -- has broad appeal. This show does well to downplay any sense of self-promotion and to emphasize positive themes like self-discipline and humility from its impressive teen subjects. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Prodigy.
Is It Any Good?
Sports fans especially will enjoy these biographical vignettes of up-and-comers poised to make a name for themselves at the next level of their game, but the show's appeal isn't totally pigeonholed. More than being impressive athletes, these subjects are impressive young adults, and what they have to say about self-discipline and hard work especially can benefit a wide range of viewers. Even better are the recurring themes about how family support helps facilitate the athletes' successes, which is an especially gratifying message for parents of young athletes with big dreams.
Prodigy is well crafted and effective in its storytelling, and it packs a lot of content into its under-10-minute parameters. The teen subjects all have compelling tales to tell, each tale with its own life lesson that with some help, kids can apply to their own experiences. If your kids are into sports themselves, they may already know some of the names that pop up in this series. Others will be new, and in a few cases, viewers may be surprised by the successes of female competitors in traditionally male-dominated sports like boxing.
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.