Rhodes to the Top
By Stephanie Snyder,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Wrestler parents juggle baby & business; language, violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Change is good. Hard work pays off. Family comes first.
Positive Role Models
Brandi is a hardworking Black woman who has overcome sexism and racism to become Chief Brand Officer of All Elite Wrestling.
Brandi and Cody are an interracial couple. Brandi is a hardworking Black woman who has overcome sexism and racism to become Chief Brand Officer of All Elite Wrestling.
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Violence & Scariness
The show uses scenes from wrestling matches in All Elite Wrestling. Wrestlers fight, punch, smash, and throw each other around the ring.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brandi and Cody use crass language in discussing sex. For example, in episode 1, they have a conversation about changes to Brandi's vagina after having a baby and the possible implications to their sex life.
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Characters use curse words like "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
The show promotes the All Elite Wrestling brand by showing behind-the-scenes images of the workplace, clips from the fights, and wrestlers who work in the league.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rhodes to the Top is a reality TV show about the world of entertainment wrestling. It features Brandi and Cody Rhodes, professional wrestlers in the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) league. The show follows the couple as they learn to juggle professional careers with parenthood, giving viewers an inside look at this segment of the entertainment business. There is strong language, sexually suggestive dialogue, and violence that stems from scenes of AEW fights.
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What's the Story?
In RHODES TO THE TOP, Brandi and Cody Rhodes, professional wrestlers turned parents, are learning to balance business and baby. In their roles as leaders at All Elite Wrestling, they manage other wrestlers and handle PR issues, all while trying to figure out the next steps in their own careers. Will Brandi return to wrestling after having the baby? Will their marriage survive the pressures of parenting and professionalism? With typical reality-TV tropes, the Rhodes family provides entertainment while showing viewers what it takes to succeed in the entertainment business.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing particularly unique about this show, but those who enjoy wrestling and reality TV will likely want to tune in. Rhodes to the Top does what most shows like it have already done: It gives an exclusive look at a lifestyle and the lives of people living that lifestyle using a cliche title and characters, confessional settings, and slow-motion dramatic scenes. Cody and Brandi are dynamic characters who know how to entertain, so people will tune in, but they will likely be those who are already fans of the genre and topic.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about change in Rhodes to the Top. How do Brandi and Cody view the upcoming change -- the arrival of a baby -- to their lives? Do you think it will be hard for Brandi to return to wrestling? Why is change sometimes hard to accept?
How does the show portray the world of wrestling? What does it lead you to believe about this part of the entertainment business?
Who is your favorite character? Why? What do you think is next for his or her career?
- Premiere date: September 29, 2021
- Cast: Brandi Rhodes, Cody Rhodes
- Networks: Hulu, TNT, Max, Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 13, 2022
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