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Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21







"YOUNG ROCK"

"WORKING THE GIMMICK" ORIGINAL

02/16/2021 (08:00PM - 08:31PM) (Tuesday) : As Dwayne Johnson runs for president in 2032, he reflects on his surreal life that's helped shape him into the man he is today. From growing up in a resilient family surrounded by wrestling icons, navigating rebellious teen years, to playing NCAA football at the U. This is how the boy became the man. TV-14


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This premieres tonight. It's a 30 minute comedy loosely based on Dwayne Johnson's childhood and teen years in an alternate world.

It's an 11 episode season


This is from the creator of Fresh off the Boat.
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There is no way this is good, right?

But I'm in. For this and Keenan.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

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There is no way this is good, right?

But I'm in. For this and Keenan.

FOTB was good so...maybe?
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

I didn't know this was based on an "alternate reality" for his narrations. Interesting that the reality he chose is one where he's running for Pres in the future.
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I'll check it out because of Dwayne. Not a big investment.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Johnson introduces the show here. This was posted today

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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Johnson introduces the show here. This was posted today

https://youtu.be/gDIEeYSV0P0
​​​​​​He is aware that he can run for president in 2028?
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

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​​​​​​He is aware that he can run for president in 2028?
Its an alternate reality. Maybe DJ passed on running in 2028 in this world.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

This looks really good to me and I like The Rock in his acting/voicing roles.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

This wasnít too bad. Iíll stick around especially with the FOTB creator/Park.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

On the one hand this was tailor made for me: The Rock, wrestling legends in the past (and I had no idea that that was part of it), part of it set in Hawaii, etc. Love all of that stuff and I liked the show. That "f" word part was great.

On the other hand, unless this is addressed later I found it kind of lame that Presidential candidate Rock is mugging for the camera in his interview and swearing that he's going to spill the beans, and actually... his life was pretty great? I mean he stole and there are basically absolutely no consequences. He lies to his teammates and he ends up looking awesome and he did it for his dad. I don't want this to be like a dark commentary or anything but it stood out to me.

Obviously he wasn't a star at Miami and that will probably come into play at some point.

I know they play fast and loose with the timeline because of the nature of the show but I was kind of wondering when all these WWF stars came to hand out with Rocky in Hawaii (in the same year as Andre's big main event against Hogan in WM3) but that's more the wrestling nerd in me talking.

As an aside, Keenan was pretty great too, and that was actually a bit dark.

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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

I was pleasantly surprised by the wrestlers' appearances (especially JYD and Andre the Giant). And Ed Orgeron, lol - although they should have used the guy from Waterboy. Overall, the show was decent, and the kids enjoyed it, too. I'll stick with it.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

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I was kind of wondering when all these WWF stars came to hand out with Rocky in Hawaii (in the same year as Andre's big main event against Hogan in WM3)
The Andre scenes were 1982.

Wrestlemania III was 1987.
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The Andre scenes were 1982.

Wrestlemania III was 1987.
Ah, you're right, I was probably mixing up the dates of the eras. So while they probably won't mention it, around the time that Rocky debuted in WWE.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

I like it.

Silly clean fun.

Btw how is this filmed?
Seems to be a sort of motion blur on this show.


Love the Randall Park appearance.
playing himself in the future as an Access Hollywood type interviewer.

That bit with him not talking. To his mom for 30years was great.


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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

I enjoyed it. Added to my watch list.

good music in the first episode
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Pretty good pilot. Being only 30 min, I hope they don't spend too much time in "current time", although Randall Park is great.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Loved it.

Any comedy with 80’s wrestlers is my cup of tea.
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One more thing I'll add to show how tailor made this is to me... a Shogun Warriors reference. Man.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Really liked this one. Fun and lighthearted. The different versions of DJ through the years were really well cast. And the actor playing Rocky did look similar to DJ’s real Dad along with the kid who played Dewey. He did look like DJ in that last photo. Seeing the old school wrestlers was also a cool thing. I also appreciated how they got a lot of detail from Miami accurate including Ed Orgeron and a few known players at the time.

when high school DJ dumped the car after the bum died.
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Finally watched the second episode, I'm kind of glad that they focused on one era for the whole episode although I really like the 1982 era that was missing.

The framing construct still strikes me as a little odd (though I like Randall Park). They keep on teasing that they're "keeping it real" but so far all of the "bad" stuff he does has been pretty normal. I mean it is a family sitcom so I don't expect that much, but they keep bringing it up in show like "you don't know what my life was really like" and he basically shoplifts without getting caught, the dad is self centered but otherwise great, and they have money problems but they're doing fine.

This is still tailor made for me so those are just minor nitpicks.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

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Finally watched the second episode, I'm kind of glad that they focused on one era for the whole episode although I really like the 1982 era that was missing.

The framing construct still strikes me as a little odd (though I like Randall Park). They keep on teasing that they're "keeping it real" but so far all of the "bad" stuff he does has been pretty normal. I mean it is a family sitcom so I don't expect that much, but they keep bringing it up in show like "you don't know what my life was really like" and he basically shoplifts without getting caught, the dad is self centered but otherwise great, and they have money problems but they're doing fine.

This is still tailor made for me so those are just minor nitpicks.
It was pointed out that his father actually lost both matches but the show changes it to him winning them all.

The assumption is that Dwayne Johnson is altering his memories to be more favorable to his family. Similar to how the fictional Ted changed details in How I Met Your Mother.
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Re: Young Rock (NBC) -- Comedy based on The Rock's life -- Premieres 2/16/21

Have you heard that Randall Park was an actor?
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Have you heard that Randall Park was an actor?
I thought he was an FBI agent who was blacklisted by SWORD and so had to become an entertainment reporter.
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Third episode fell flat for me. I'm not really liking the decision to have the present day stuff be him campaigning for Pres.

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