Parents' Guide to

The Franchise

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Baseball reality celebrates sports heroes; strong language.

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The Franchise charts the journeys of teams that are beginning a new baseball season following a championship win or after undergoing a major identity transformation. It shows how ball club members must condition themselves both mentally and physically to live up to the expectations of the franchise and their fans. It also highlights some of the challenges individual players face during this process, like losing weight or adjusting to playing a new position, all while being scrutinized by the media.

A few athletes play up to the cameras, but the overall series stays away from the contrived drama most reality shows are known for. However, controversies off the field, including the devastating assault of a Giants' fan and the fall-out from some controversial comments made by Marlins' manager Ozzie Guillen, are discussed in detail. Baseball fans will enjoy watching their favorite players, and will appreciate its unique and timely behind-the-scenes look into the world of major league baseball.

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