A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Promotes physical competition. The Joes' attempts to best the pro athletes show what immense skill it takes to become a pro in the first place. The show definitely rewards strength, determination, agility, and ability to keep your fears in check. But insults fly constantly, and men frequently refer to their opponents as weak or feminine.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the featured sports are more violent than others, like professional fighting, which shows amateurs getting truly injured by the pro.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women in bikinis occasionally appear in peripheral roles, and the camera zooms in on choice body parts.
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Frequent foul language like "ass," "bitch," "suck," and "pissed." Stronger language is occasional and bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Tons of branding: The competition takes place in the "Home Depot Center," and winners get a Toyota Tundra. Plus there's the "Dr. Pepper play of the day" and the "Subway overtime clock."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Commercials between show segments feature beer and hard liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sports competition series pits professional athletes against amateurs. It includes a lot of back-and-forth insults and stereotypically macho behavior, such as crotch-grabbing and aggressive butt slapping. Jokes and insults often employ "sissy"-oriented language (like calling a man a "she" or joking that a pro football athlete played for the Cowgirls instead of the Cowboys). Women in bikinis occasionally appear as window dressing, and the camera sometimes zooms in on one of their body parts for emphasis. Athletes exhibit some poor sportsmanship, though teasing is generally lighthearted in tone.
Is It Any Good?
Full of stereotypically macho showboating and sissy jokes, Pros vs. Joes is definitely targeting male viewers. Though female pros occasionally appear, the roster is almost exclusively male. Players casually grab their crotches and, in at least one episode, a pro football player teases his amateur opponent by aggressively grabbing his butt.
Watching the amateurs take on their idols makes for good entertainment, especially when a contestant displays a level of skill that comes anywhere close to the professionals'. But with all the trash-talking (which includes plenty of foul language), parents will want younger viewers to stay away and may want to check in with teens about the athletes' all-too-frequent unsportsmanlike behavior.
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