A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The boxers profiled here were considered "the people's champions" who reinvigorated the sport after the decline of Mohammed Ali's presence. It discusses how boxing transitioned by the end of the 1970s, and how it paralleled the shift in politics and culture of the time.
Positive Role Models
The boxers featured are talented athletes. Their personalities are sometimes discussed, and not all the conversations are positive. Some had some difficult lives, and used boxing as a way to improve it for themselves and loved ones.
Violence & Scariness
Boxers are often shown bloodied or being knocked down. It's offered in a historic context.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The boxers are often shown fighting shirtless.
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Words like "ass," "hell," and "bitch" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Venues like Caesar's Palace and others are shown, and athletic logos are visible. None of this is offered in a commercial context.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kings is a documentary series about the boxers that ushered in a new era of the sport at the end of the 1970s. There's some strong language (words like "ass," "hell," and "bitch"), as well as conversations about difficult life circumstances. Expect lots of archive footage of historic matches that show fighters with bloody injuries. A
Is It Any Good?
The thought-provoking series offers an in-depth look at how four boxing legends ushered in what is referred to as the "Golden Age" of boxing. Mohammed Ali's decline in the ring at the end of the 1970s is treated as a metaphor for the weakened position of the U.S. at the time, thanks to an economic recession and geopolitical Cold War challenges. In turn, the stories of how "Sugar" Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler reinvigorated the sport are presented within the context of the country's efforts to move into a new era. It also highlights some of the conflicts they faced outside of the ring.
These narratives often make the documentary feel more like a docudrama. But however you choose to categorize it, The Kings a real treat for boxing fans. The narratives about each athlete's journey into the ring are a rich combination of facts and anecdotes from people associated with the sport. Meanwhile, the featured clips from historic bouts and personality-revealing press interviews add to the entertainment. If you are an enthusiast of the sport, you will appreciate this biographical series and everything it has to offer.
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