A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shaq and his opponents take their competition seriously, but they also show good sportsmanship through the entire process and illustrate that rivals can also be friends.
Positive Role Models
Shaq comes across as a good-natured good sport who's fun to hang out with -- though he’s also got an outsize ego that isn’t always matched by his prowess on the field.
Violence & Scariness
Just standard sports impacts/collisions.
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Nothing stronger than “butt," though there's plenty of good-natured trash talk between Shaq and his opponents.
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Products & Purchases
The entire series promotes Shaq's personal "brand." Professional sports teams are also frequently mentioned by name.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series is a showcase for the athletic talents -- and supersized ego -- of basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. In every episode, Shaq challenges other legendary athletes to compete in their own sports, with mixed results. There's plenty of good-natured trash talking in the build-up to the main event, but not much swearing. Nor is there any drinking, smoking, or other really iffy behavior. The only thing parents might want to be wary of is that impressionable kids might want to copy Shaq's appealing -- but very self-centered -- personality. He and his fellow athletes have earned the right to brag about their talents, but few young viewers can make the same claims.
Is It Any Good?
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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