A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fighting against corruption is a noble cause, but sometimes violence is used to make things happen.
Positive Role Models
People aren't always honest and act against each other for personal gain.
Violence & Scariness
A man is brutally beaten to death with a metal tool. Riots occur at games and people are hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man is shown nude from the back in a shower.
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"F--k," "s--t," "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer and whiskey. Another smokes frequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Side Games is a Spanish drama series about the dark side of professional soccer. This Spanish-language (but subtitled in English) show provides a look into the vast Leon soccer world, from players, announcers, bookies, management, local government, and primarily the dispute over who should become the new club president. Corruption is found everywhere in the form of rigged games, and characters go so far as to murder in order to get what they want. Violence includes visuals of said murder, a man being beaten to death with a metal tool, and crowds fighting at games. "F--k," "s--t," and "a--hole" are heard, and a man's naked body is shown from the back as he washes blood and dirt off of himself. Characters drink beer and whiskey. This show will be interesting to more mature soccer fans, but also presents an underworld that all mystery and drama fans will find themselves intrigued by.
Is It Any Good?
There are shades of Succession in this fascinating series that explores the dark side of the football industry. The vast array of characters that work together (and against each other) to oust the corrupt old guard and bring in a new (possibly equally corrupt) family are a pleasure to get to know, even if they're hard to trust. Highlights include the game announcer who always seems to speak the truth, and Mrs. Hidalgo, whose role in the coup is to lazily smoke in front of the TV. Those who aren't familiar with the world of football will enjoy seeing how the industry works, while those who are fans will be able to see the loving touches that Side Games brings; it's clear it was created by lovers of the game.
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