Riah and I watched Big Shot episode 1 on Disney Plus a few days ago and I gotta say … I’m shocked! The first episode was REALLY good and I can not WAIT to watch the next episode! Like … I’m kind of more excited to watch Big Shot, than I am excited to watch *whispers* Falcon and the Winter Soldier? But shhhh … don’t tell anyone! However, if you’re looking to check out the new Big Shot series with your kids, here’s a full parents guide for ya!
Here’s Everything Parents Need To Know About Disney Plus’ New Series, Big Shot
This Parent Guide is also for Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Godparents, siblings, and anyone else that may be looking to watch the Big Shot series with kids.
What is the Big Shot series about?
So Big Shot, is Disney Plus’ new sports drama series, about a temperamental college basketball coach (played by John Stamos) who gets fired from his NCAA men’s basketball college coaching job.
With the whole world against him, he has no choice but to take a coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out here: Big Shot Trailer
Is this series kid-friendly?
So we’ve only seen one episode so far, but it is rated TV-PG. So far, it’s kid friendly! I was a bit worried since it’s a drama about high school kids, but so far it’s tame.
Is this series best for younger kids? Older kids?
I’d say, 7-8 and up?
But your whole family can watch this together, if everyone likes basketball.
Are there any inappropriate scenes or components for kids? (ex: language, songs, etc.)
Not yet, but again it’s TV-PG so I’m not worried. If anything pops up, I’ll be sure to come back and update this.
I will say though, that in episode 1, the show hints at two of the girls liking each other, but nothing happens, and I’m sure it’ll go over younger kids heads. Older kids will probably get it though.
So they may ask questions?
My daughter is 9, but I think she missed those moments in the show, so I’ll see how she reacts if it gets brought up again.
UPDATED TO ADD: After watching the entire season, I was right about them hinting that two girls like each other. So SPOILER ALERT – they do kiss at some point. It’s not very long, and it’s not much to worry about, but someone mentioned I should update this post so parents are aware of the kiss, so I’m doing just that.
I will say that, as a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch anyone kiss on screen. (I don’t ever remember seeing my parents kiss either.) However, as a parent, I let my kid watch kisses that aren’t overly sexual. If it’s just a kiss between two people with no notion of sex coming in the near future, although I CRINGE while it’s happening, I let her watch it.
Kids don’t know something is bad unless we TELL them it is! And kissing is natural, so I don’t think she should be censored from it. If you DO though, now you know.
Are there any positive messages in this series?
Yup! So far, there’s one about leading by example, where Coach Korn has to do what he asked his team to do, try their hardest to win. It’s a hard decision for him, but it’s a reminder to us all that we lead by example and if we want others to do something, we have to do it too.
Also — throughout the show, his daughter keeps asking if “he was him”, as if being him is the best thing he can be, despite the way people see him.
I think it’s cute, and that it reminds us that even when we make mistakes we still have great qualities in us. Yes, everyone currently hates the Coach for what he’s done, but his daughter is consistently reminding him to show up as “him”.
How scary is the Big Shot series?
It’s not. But it’s also a drama series, so it’s not supposed to be?
I’ll update this if anything changes.
Is there a ton of violence in this series?
Nope. There is a moment where the coach calls someone fat (which I guess we can note as verbal abuse) but it’s addressed! So I’m not worried about violence. It seems like if anything does happen, it’ll get discussed and corrected.
Will parents actually enjoy this series?
Uhhhh … yeah! I sure did!
I actually started watching it without my daughter, who ended up really loving it once she saw it. So I’d definitely say parents would enjoy this. As I said before, I’m super excited to watch episode 2!
Do you need to stay for the end credits?
If you want too. I did, and a sneak peek of the next episode popped up, which of course Riah made us watch. But if you’d rather not, you don’t have too!
Anything else worth mentioning?
Well, of course, there is! Lol
If you’ve read my movie reviews on Popcorn and Tequila (my movies + tv shows blog for adults) then you know I ALWAYS have a ton to say. Lol
So here are some other things worth mentioning …
- Yvette Nicole Brown plays the school’s principal! Yay!! (I love her!)
- The girls are strong minded and willing to stand up for themselves even if he’s some famous college coach and I love it!
- The rule “ten mins early or you’re late” pops up, and I love that it does. This is something I taught my staff, young adults and high schoolers, and in a show about high school kids I’m happy that it’s present in the series.
- We get to see Coach Korn’s soft side and why he’s a great coach!
- Riah said she loves this show, and when I told her we could watch it every week she said “yay”, so you know it’s good!
- Oh and when Riah first sat down to watch Big Shot, she had the iPad in her hand, which she later put down because she was so into it.
- I’m glad to have another show to watch weekly with my kid now that WandaVision is over!
And that’s it!
I hope this parent guide helps you make a decision on whether or not the Big Shot series is right for you and your family.
If it did, please let me know in the comments.