Prodigy

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.

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Educational Value

Series intends to entertain, but there are recurring themes of discipline, hard work, and following your dreams. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "hell" and pseudo cursing like "frickin'." 

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

PRODIGY is biographical docuseries that introduces viewers to rising young stars in sports like basketball, snowboarding, and boxing. Hosted by USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe, each episode spotlights a different athlete who's gaining recognition as being among the best in their sport. Using interviews with the athlete, family members, and coaches, the stories explore how these athletes are moving the goalposts and achieving success that oftentimes seemed impossible.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about character strengths that stand out in each athlete's story in Prodigy. In what ways do courage, perseverance, and gratitude contribute to these teens' successes? Where do you see evidence of character strengths in those people who support and coach them as well?

  • What value does having role models have to a person? Is it always wise to compare ourselves to those role models in our lives? Have you ever been disappointed by someone you respected and admired?

  • How close to truth do you think these kinds of biographical series are? What kind of impression of your own self and successes could be given in a 10-minute format? Are you inspired to learn more about any of the subjects in this series? Where can you go for reliable information about a public figure such as these teens?

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