The X-Life

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show combines extreme sports, relationship drama.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series shows the pros and cons of being a career extreme athlete, with a focus on the male experience. There's a lot of focus on relationship drama, including arguments between women.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The athletes are in committed relationships and care about their partners and children. But some of the cast members engage in irresponsible behavior, like speeding on a motorcycle with an infant. Women are seen in physical fights with each other.

Violence

Scenes of extreme athletes crashing and sustaining serious injuries. Women are shown cat fighting at bars.

Sex

Some strong sexual references, including talk about  “making a baby." Blurred images of people’s naked backsides, same-sex kissing, stripping, and other behaviors. STDs are discussed.

Language

Words like “hell,” “crap,” and “ass” are audible, while curses like “f--k” are fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Some of the athletes’ sponsors are Las Vegas hotels like The Palms, and expensive cars like Mercedes-Benz are visible. The athletes compete in the (Mountain) Dew tour. Product and sponsor logos for various events, like Osiris, are randomly visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Excessive drinking (hard liquor) is visible. People are sometimes shown engaged in wild drunken behavior and/or hung over.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that extreme sports fans may be drawn to this series, but its extensive iffy content makes it a questionable choice for kids. It contains lots of salty language (“ass,” “crap,” hell”; curses like “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped), strong sexual content (including references to STDs and blurred nudity), heavy drinking, and catfights. Product and sponsor logos like Osiris, Mercedes-Benz, and Mountain Dew are frequently visible.

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What's the story?

THE X-LIFE follows three extreme athletes as they risk injury and financial stability to make a living competing in their sport. Viewers watch as professional BMX rider Corey Nestazio, freestyle motocross rider Jeremy Stenberg, and pro skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon practice, compete in professional tours, and balance their roles as husbands, boyfriends, and, in some cases, fathers. The series also shows how their girlfriends and wives support them from behind the scenes. Staying at the top of their game isn’t easy, but they're all determined to continue doing what they love to do.

Is it any good?

The X-Life offers a limited look at how athletes make careers out of competing in extreme sports. It also highlights the ongoing challenges that come with this career, including dealing with aging, keeping up with younger competitors, and recovering from serious accidents and injuries.

There's plenty of focus on sports, but the drama mostly comes from the relationships between the athletes and their girlfriends/wives. As a result, there are plenty of voyeuristic moments full of mild arguments and sexual innuendo. Some extreme sports fans may find something here, but if they're looking for major sports action, they should look elsewhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about extreme sports. What makes a sport “extreme”? How did activities like skateboarding and bike riding become major sports? Do women participate in these kinds of sports? If so, why don’t we see more of them in the media?

  • Are the people in this show role models? Why or why not?

TV details

For kids who love sports

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