A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The importance of family is central. Treating the dead with respect and professionalism also are themes.
Positive Role Models
LaFonce Latham is the patriarch of the family, but Ms. Sandra also calls the shots. The family does their best to treat clients with kindness.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes show corpses, embalming practices, and bodies being prepared for burial. Wrestlers grab, choke, slap, punch, throw, stomp, pull hair, and scream (mostly for show).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Wrestling costumes are tight; men often are shirtless. Wrestlers sometimes dress in drag.
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"Ass," "pissed"; curses bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wrestling with Death is a reality show about a family of Osceola, Arkansas, morticians who also happen to be professional wrestlers. It features lots of wrestling-themed stories and some rough matches but also images of corpses being embalmed and prepared for funerals. There's also some strong vocab ("ass," "piss"; bleeped cursing), tight wrestling costumes, and shirtless men. All this being said, the central theme of the show is the importance of being a strong family.
Is It Any Good?
Starring undertakers by day, wrestlers by night, this unscripted series attempts to contrast the family's two worlds by mixing scenes of their gentle professionalism as morticians with the rough-and-tumble events inside the ring. However, the attempts to connect the two worlds by connecting the lessons learned from each of the deceased to their everyday lives is a little clunky.
It's not the most sophisticated of shows, but wrestling fans will appreciate the matches as well as the behind-the-scenes training. But even seasoned fighters may be taken aback by the mortuary footage, which includes images of cadaver preparation and funerals. But behind all the toughness, this show surprisingly has a lot of heart. And in the end, it's all about family.
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