A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong representation of positive themes and messages, including teamwork, perseverance, and optimism.
Positive Role Models
Wrexham players are on the lowest professional football (soccer) rung, but they're happy to be there, happy to be playing professionally, willing to put in the work to improve. Owners Reynolds and McElhenney are encouraging and playful and feel empathy toward both Wrexham the town and the team's players.
Many Wrexham players are people of color; the show doesn't address racial issues but does explore the social issues of the city in terms of poverty.
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Violence & Scariness
A small element of violence as in any sport: players crash into each other, fall, are sometimes injured.
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Cursing includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "hell," and vulgar U.K. expressions such as "tits up" (a failure). At one point, Reynolds and McElhenney joke about a movie being allowed "one f--k and two s--ts" to receive a PG-13 rating.
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Products & Purchases
We frequently see the logos and other imagery associated with particular sports teams: mascots, colors, stadiums. Also logos associated with the shows/movies McElhenney and Reynolds are a part of. We learn about companies Reynolds owns, including a liquor manufacturer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
We see participants drink in social situations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to Wrexham is a reality show about a low-level football (soccer, to Americans) team in Wrexham, Wales. The team has been purchased by celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who have an eye toward improving its chances. Strong messages of optimism, perseverance, and teamwork prevail, and the overall tone is light and positive. Players and owners alike are shown pulling together for a common goal, and they're supportive of one another. Language and cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," and U.K. expressions like "tits up" (a failure). People drink in social situations (for example, at a pub), and logos and other imagery associated with various sports teams are shown frequently. This uplifting show is suitable for whole-family viewing, as long as the unbleeped cursing isn't an issue for you.
Is It Any Good?
There's a strong whiff of Ted Lasso in this series, and that's all to the good, even though this sports underdog drama is real and not a created-for-TV fiction. The charm of Welcome to Wrexham (and, for that matter, Lasso) is that sports are really just a medium, and what's actually getting an airing is something that's very easy to root for, whether you're a sports fan or not: underrated people going shoulder-to-shoulder to work on a common goal. It's joyful and exhilarating to watch, and McElhenney in particular gives it extra emotional depth by describing the ways in which he relates to downtrodden Wrexham, Wales, in general, and the Wrexham Association Football Club.
"Wrexham reminds me of Philadelphia," says this famous Philadelphian. "It's a working-class town, it's a blue-collar town." Such a town, says McElhenney, has had its ups and downs, and the people living there haven't had the opportunities others have enjoyed. For their part, Wrexham locals and players are thrilled with the infusion of cash and flash these Hollywood types bring to an economically depressed town with a football team in the lowest rung of the English football league system (which the show takes care to explain to the uninitiated). Reynolds and McElhenney are fish out of water, but they're also determined to do right by the town and the team; watching them struggle to do so is nothing short of lovely.
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