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By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Promising basketball drama highlights community issues.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2021
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Great show, but more violence and sex than what's listed on CSM.

Definitely more going on in the sex and violence categories than what's listed here. There's mention of how a man likes "pregnant sex" during a very suggestive sex scene. There's also an episode that talks extensively about sexual abuse. It's hinted when a coach is checking a female player's ankle and his hand slides further up her leg. There is a violent scene where a group of boys severely beat a man in a parking lot, sending him to the hospital. There's also a few references to domestic child abuse. Language is mild as they say (no F-bombs or N-words that I can recall), but the words that are used are frequent, not occasional. The show, however, is excellent. I watched it with my 12 year old and it opened up lots of great conversations.
age 9+

We haven’t finished this but in the episode where Jace will play the Puerto Rican player, there is definitely a fully covered sex scene between the coach and wife. They briefly mention pregnant woman sex and there are moans and groans that make it apparent that that’s what’s happening under the covers. Makes for an awkward moment to spark some conversation when you’re watching with kids. I had looked this up to see if there were any concerns and everything I found said kissing only but I found this to be quite a bit more than kissing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
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Jace's story -- the promising athlete with the underdog team and has-been coach -- resembles a ton of other sports dramas; this show's uniqueness shows up in the details, beginning with its depiction of a Black community. Swagger uses the familiar outline to support more than a few ambitious subplots: The specific pressures placed on young, Black athletes; the biases that persist even within the Black community itself; and the specter of police brutality all play into the drama. Plus, the basketball sequences themselves are intricate, fun, and compelling. Even when it seems obvious what will come out of Swagger's playbook next, the way it gets drawn up is often surprisingly satisfying.

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