Parents' Guide to

Prodigy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.

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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.

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