A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series explores the individual stories of some of the world's greatest coaches from their point of view. Themes like racism, sexism, and LGBTQ+ in sports are discussed.
Positive Role Models
The coaches, who are male and female and Black and White, are extremely successful in their careers, but they discuss the obstacles they had to overcome to get there. They share what motivates them, and the philosophies, expertise, and strategies that guide their coaching decisions. They also discuss the consequences of their professional decisions on both their careers and personal lives. One coach is very arrogant.
Violence & Scariness
Featured plays in game footage show lots of pushing, shoving, and other rough behavior. Arguments between players and referees are occasionally shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Single-sex partnerships and parenthood are discussed, but not in a sexual manner.
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Curses ("s--t," "f--k") and racist remarks are audible in some episodes. The "N" word is used, but within a historical and biographical context.
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Products & Purchases
Featured media footage contains lots of NBA, WNBA, and other sports franchise logos, as well as corporate logos for Nike and other sponsoring companies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Playbook: A Coach's Rules For Life is a documentary series featuring some of the world's greatest sports coaches. The series addresses mature themes, ranging from sexism, racism, and anti-LGTBQ+ sentiment in sports, to coping with the pressures that come with being a player and a coach in a major sports franchise. Cursing is frequent, including "s--t" and "f--k," and racist remarks are audible in some episodes. In one specific episode the "N" word is used (by way of explanation). Footage of practices, games, and matches feature lots of rough play, and on occasion, some unsportsmanlike behavior.
Is It Any Good?
This insightful documentary series features some of the world's most successful coaches talking about the evolution of their coaching careers and what drives their coaching philosophies. They share what they've learned throughout the process, including how they've motivated players, the importance of losing, and in some cases, the fear of getting fired when it happens too often. Some of the consequences their careers have had on their private lives, and what they've learned when that's happened, is also discussed.
The pivotal moments of each coach's career, many of which occurred publicly, are addressed, even if she or he refuses to comment on them. But most of the series serves as a platform from which each person can share what they feel are the most important rules to live by based on their own experiences. As a result, The Playbook offers viewers a collection of interesting life lessons that are worth listening to, even if you're not an athlete.
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