A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the business side of professional football, as well as things like CTE, racism, sexism, police brutality, corruption, grieving a death, and other contemporary social issues.
Positive Role Models
No one is perfect in this series, but they all love football for different reasons. Characters struggle with their own personal demons. Many of the men and women are strong, professional (or up and coming professionals), and work hard.
The overall narrative of the show is intended to explore Black culture and social experiences through the lens of pro football, and moves away from stereotypes when doing so. The majority of the cast is Black. One cast member is Latino.
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Violence & Scariness
Brawls break out, punches are thrown, and glass is broken. A cast member was convicted of rape. A death is referenced. There are scenes of police officers being violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including references to having sex, women in skin-revealing clothing, provocative dancing, and male stripping (but no nudity).
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Words like "hell," "damn," "ass," "bitch," "pissed," and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used.
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Products & Purchases
Ferraris, Nike, and other logos visible. Vegas hotels and other haunts are sometimes shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (cocktails, shots, beer, and wine) and pot smoking is frequent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Game (2021), a reboot of the 2006 series, is a dramatic comedy that contains strong innuendo, cursing, drinking, and pot smoking. Fights sometimes break out (leading to punching and other violent acts), and scenes of police violence are visible. Brand logos for Ferrari, Nike, and local Vegas haunts are occasionally shown. Serious themes, including corruption, racism, concerns about CTE injuries, sexism, and sexual violence are explored throughout. Like the previous installments of the franchise, all of this is offered within the context of Black culture and the professional football community.
Is It Any Good?
The dramatic comedy presents a new chapter in The Game story world, and like previous ones, offers it from the point of view of Black culture and community. Characters like Tasha Mack, Malik Wright, and Derwin Williams (played by Pooch Hall) provide a sense of continuity, while appealing to the franchise's original fan base. Meanwhile, the introduction of new, well-rounded characters and contemporary plot lines, ranging from football-related medical problems like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to broader issues like racism and COVID, keeps it feeling relevant and fresh, and allows a new generation of viewers to begin following the narrative with ease. Granted, the overall series is more dramatic than it is comedic, making it feel a bit like a soap opera at times. Nonetheless, this installment of The Game is entertaining, and will not disappoint.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.