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Taking on Tyson

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Pigeon care paints gentler picture of notorious boxer.

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The series is as much about the boxer's efforts to redeem himself as it is about his entry into the pigeon racing community. Facts about homing pigeons, their care, and the specialized training they require to be race-worthy, are interspersed with biographical narratives about Tyson's life. Conversations about his desire to lead a healthy and productive lifestyle with the help of his birds results in a program that successfully reveals a vulnerability and gentleness in a man that is notorious for being tough and mean.

The premise is interesting, but one can't help feeling that Taking on Tyson was created (at least in part) to improve the athlete's public image. Meanwhile, some animal lovers may cringe at the thought of training pigeons for sport. But overall, the show's messages are mostly positive. It isn't for everyone, but boxing fans will find something worth watching here.

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