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Shaq Vs.

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Basketball star takes on other athletes in so-so series.

TV ABC Reality TV 2009
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Let's face it -- Shaq may be a basketball legend, but at 37, he's on the downside of his sporting career. Trying to take on other star athletes, some of whom are at the peak of their game, isn't really a winning proposition. And the competitions aren't exactly regulation, either: The rules are tweaked to give Shaq an advantage. For example, when he challenges Roethlisberger, it's in touch football with no rushing the quarterback -- giving him tons of time to make the play. And Shaq has to score from just the 20-yard-line, while Roethlisberger has to take it in from the 40. It's not really that exciting to watch.

Each episode builds to the main event, but the earlier parts are more fun. When Shaq and his competitors hang out together, there's some good-natured trash-talking and plenty of banter that shows off Shaq's winning personality. Seeing Shaq and the other athletes acting like regular people -- albeit people with amazing abilities -- is much more interesting than watching them participate in a contrived competition.

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