A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show provides a negative commentary on the culture surrounding professional sports. The main female characters are strong, empowered, and loyal, but they're very critical of women who they perceive as "trying to tempt their man." Caucasian and African-American characters are featured, but there is stereotyping for both races, including bigoted remarks about Kelly and Jason's interracial marriage. Volunteerism is promoted.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains strong sexual innuendo and some discussions of sexual activity (which may go over the heads of younger viewers). Some making out, but no simulated sex. References to venereal disease, infidelity, and promiscuity.
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Mostly mild: "damn," etc. Some female characters use the term "ho" to describe other women.
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Products & Purchases
References to different charities, as well as to the NFL and football franchises.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some adult consumption of alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom is about women who have chosen to make personal sacrifices in order to support loved ones who are seeking a career in professional football. Dialogue and storylines include strong references to infidelity and promiscuity, there's some stereotyping of both Caucasian and African-American characters, and inappropriate comments are made about women.
Is It Any Good?
While The Game is a comedy, it's rooted in the less-than-funny controversial side of pro football, which is notorious for glorifying womanizing and excessive materialism. While the players work hard to avoid being cut from the team and falling victim to temptation, Melanie, Tasha, and Kelly must find ways to keep the guys focused both on the game and on them. The Game highlights strong, intelligent women who refuse to fall victim to the pitfalls of living with football players and who strive to build and maintain their own unique identities outside of the supporting roles they play in the NFL franchise. It also serves as a humorous reminder that no professional athlete, no matter how talented, makes it to the big leagues on his or her own.
That said, the series does have a fair amount of innuendo-laced dialogue and situations, and the writers fall back on stereotypes (of both Caucasian and African-American characters, as well as women in general) all too quickly. It's no Footballers' Wives (thankfully!), but it's not clear sailing for the younger set, either.
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