The Moment

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mostly mild show gives adults second chances at dream jobs.

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Positive Messages

The series inspires you to follow your dreams, but makes clear that you need to work hard in order to do so. It also highlights the importance of staying motivated despite failing during the process, the need to make sacrifices, and other tough, but important, life lessons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Coaches, trainers, and mentors are extremely no-nonsense, but their criticism is constructive, and it is designed to help trainees push through and master necessary skills. Families appear supportive of their loved ones and their decisions.


Scenes at shooting ranges feature guns and skeet shooting. One cast member discusses the shooting death/suicide of a family member. Occasionally accidents are visible during training; photographs of previously injured children are shown.


Occasional strong words like "pissed" are audible; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.


United Airlines is prominently featured. Logos for Nikon, Tide, and Toyota are visible. Folks interview for major companies and organizations, including Sports Illustrated.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Catered events often serve alcoholic beverages, like wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Moment contains lots of positive messages about following your dreams, working hard, and overcoming mental blocks, while pointing out the many sacrifices successful folks must make. Both kids and adults can learn a lot from what is offered here, but it contains some bleeped cursing and brief personal stories about suicide, bullying, and other topics that some may find disturbing. United Airlines is a prominent sponsor of the show, and logos for Tide, Nikon, and other products are visible.

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What's the story?

THE MOMENT is a reality series that gives select people a second chance at realizing their career goals. Hosted by quarterback Kurt Warner, the series features folks who once aspired to be sports photographers, executive caterers, orchestra conductors, and even NASCAR drivers, but who walked away from their dreams due to unexpected life circumstances and/or early failed attempts at success. Now being given a second chance to pursue that same dream, they are given two weeks of intense training to brush up on their skills and have their work critiqued by no-nonsense mentors in their chosen field. When the 10 days are up, they interview for a position in hopes of landing a job that will allow them to continue working in the career they always wanted.

Is it any good?

The Moment offers some inspirational messages about following career goals despite age, previous failures, or difficult circumstances. It highlights the importance of putting aside or overcoming personal fears of failing and other mental blocks, which are often the main reason people are unable to accomplish what they want in the professional world. Also interesting are the details shared about the skills professionals need in each field, which range from mastering equipment to strong listening skills in order to perform well.

The Moment is motivating, but the show's real value comes from underscoring some of the obstacles that come with trying to return to a career later in life, including not being up-to-speed with the necessary skills, and having to compete with younger and better trained candidates. The required sacrifices people must make to be successful, like making large financial investments, working nonstop hours, and moving far away from loves ones, are also pointed out. But these messages are positive ones, because they remind us that in life there are no guarantees, and that success isn't only defined by getting a dream job.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people don't realize their career goals. Parents: Are you working in the field that you dreamed about when you were kids? Why or why not? If you had a second chance at realizing that same goal, would you take it? Kids: What kinds of things can you do (or not do) now that will help you realize your goals later?

  • How realistic is this reality show? Is the point of shows like this one to help people get a job? What are some of the larger messages these shows offer to viewers?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 11, 2013
  • Cast: Kurt Warner
  • Network: USA
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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