The Michael Vick Project

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fallen NFL star attempts to restore his family name.

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Positive Messages

The series shows Vick trying to redeem himself after being sent to prison. It looks at how money can change a person and make them feel that he or she is above the law. The show highlights the importance of family. It does not specifically address animal cruelty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vick takes full responsibility for his actions and attempts to make amends by being a positive mentor for jailed criminals and by working with the community. Vick also financially supports his extended family.


Discussions about dog fighting and the inhumane treatment of pit bulls. News footage shows fighting pit bulls. Vick discusses living in a violent neighborhood as a child.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Michael Vick. There are also scenes of Vick’s family shopping at Neiman Marcus for high-end goods.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People occasionally drink champagne. Vick discusses his father’s drug addiction and his cousin’s arrest for marijuana possession.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series centers on controversial NFL player Michael Vick, who's rebuilding his life after serving a prison sentence for a dog fighting conviction. There are some positive messages about taking responsibility for your actions, redemption, and giving back to the community, but they're offered within the context of the sensational stories surrounding the initial crime. Expect to see news footage of violent dogs, angry protesters, and convicted criminals in prison. Characters discuss marijuana possession and drug abuse within the Vick family, and some drink champagne.

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What's the story?

THE MICHAEL VICK PROJECT follows NFL player Michael Vick as he starts his life over after serving two years in prison for a dog fighting conviction. Vick -- along with his fiancée Kijafa, brother Marcus, and other family members -- openly discusses his illegal dog fighting activities and the negative impact they had on his family before and after serving his sentence. Cameras follow as he attempts to restore his family name by giving back to the African-American community through mentorship and service -- and works on rebuilding his professional football career.

Is it any good?

The series, which is essentially a promotional vehicle for the fallen football hero, allows viewers to hear the player’s descriptions of his past mistakes, which are made more poignant in contrast to the sensational details surrounding his crime and conviction. It also shows him taking responsibility for his actions and proactively making positive changes in his life.

There's a sense that Vick is trying a little too hard to remake himself as a likable and sympathetic character in front of the camera. And it doesn’t help that the show features reenactments of past events and downplays the cruelty suffered by the animals as a result of Vick’s involvement in dog fighting. But if you can get past this, you'll find a show about someone who's been given a second chance and who's using that chance to do something constructive for himself and the people around him.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not celebrities who've made mistakes and/or committed crimes should return to the media spotlight. Do you think celebrities who've made public mistakes can serve as positive role models once they face consequences?

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