Young Rock

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  • TV-PG
  • 2021
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (30,200)

Young Rock is a television sitcom produced by NBC, based on the early life of WWE wrestling superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The show is a fictionalized retelling of Johnson's formative years, and it chronicles his life from childhood to college days. The show premiered on February 16, 2021, and it quickly won the hearts of audiences all over the world, with its mix of humor, drama, and nostalgia.

The show is set in Miami during the 1980s, and it revolves around the Johnson family. Dwayne Johnson plays himself in the show, but the focus is on his younger self, played by Uli Latukefu. The show also features several other members of the Johnson family, including his mother Ata, his father Rocky, and his grandfather Peter Maivia, played by Stacey Leilua, Joseph Lee Anderson, and Ana Tuisila respectively.

The plot of the show is divided into several timelines, each of which is based on a different phase of Johnson's life. The first timeline is set in 2032, where an older Johnson campaigns for the presidency of the United States. The subsequent timelines take us back in time to when Johnson was a class clown in high school, and then to when he was a college football star at the University of Miami.

Throughout the show, we get to see how the different events in Johnson's life shaped his personality, and how he overcame several challenges on his way to becoming a successful wrestler and then an actor. We also get to see how Johnson's trajectory was influenced by the strong-willed women in his life, especially his mother Ata, who sacrificed a lot to give him a stable upbringing.

One of the most endearing things about the show is the humor. The show uses a lot of witty one-liners and comedic situations to make serious topics more digestible. For instance, in one scene, a young Johnson is caught stealing a pair of shoes by a mall cop, and he has to improvise an excuse to get out of trouble. In another scene, a young Johnson tries to impress a girl by doing a dance routine, only to embarrass himself and his family members.

However, the show also has its share of emotional moments, especially when it delves into Johnson's relationships with his family members. We get to see how his mother Ata struggled to make ends meet, while his father Rocky struggled with addiction issues. We also get to see how Johnson's grandfather Peter imparted wisdom to him that he carried all his life. These moments are moving and heartfelt and add depth to the show's humor.

The casting of the show is also top-notch, with the actors bringing their characters to life with their performances. Uli Latukefu delivers a standout performance as the young Dwayne Johnson, nailing the mannerisms and speech patterns of the real-life Johnson. Stacey Leilua is also excellent as Ata, infusing her character with warmth and strength.

In addition to the Johnson family members, the show also features several other characters who played a role in Johnson's life. We get to see his teammates and rivals in college football, like his roommate Robbie, played by Kevin Makely. We also get to see Johnson's interactions with notable wrestlers of the time, like the Iron Sheik, played by Fasitua Amosa, and Andre the Giant, played by Matthew Willig.

Overall, Young Rock is an engaging and entertaining show, that makes use of humor and heart to tell the story of one of the most beloved celebrities of our time. It's a must-watch for fans of Dwayne Johnson, and anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story.

Young Rock is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (37 episodes). The series first aired on February 16, 2021.

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False Ceilings
13. False Ceilings
February 24, 2023
Florida, 2000: With his Hollywood prospects on the upswing, Dwayne makes good on a long-standing promise to his family. As the Johnsons reflect on how far they've come, Dwayne can't help wondering if there's something bigger for him on the horizon.
Chest To Chest
12. Chest To Chest
February 17, 2023
Hawaii, 1986: The rival promotions come together for a Peter Maivia tribute show, but are soon at odds over how to best celebrate Dwayne's grandfather. Dwayne pitches the event into chaos after a shocking run-in with Lars Anderson.
Know Your Role
11. Know Your Role
February 10, 2023
Miami, 1999: Dwayne lands his first part on a TV show but is dismayed when he keeps getting typecast as a wrestler. While searching for his breakout role, Dwayne's acting career takes a surprising turn.
Once Upon A Time In…
10. Once Upon A Time In…
February 3, 2023
Pat Patterson finds love in Boston, Andre the Giant meets his destiny in Paris and Peter Maivia teaches Sean Connery how to fight in Dwayne's tales of their younger years.
It All Goes Back to Childhood
9. It All Goes Back to Childhood
January 20, 2023
As Dwayne Johnson runs for president in 2032, he takes a comedic look back at outrageous stories of his youth -- his childhood years in the Hawaiian wrestling scene, rebellious high school years in Pennsylvania and college football years in Miami.
Going Heavy
8. Going Heavy
January 13, 2023
Miami, 1998: Dwayne hits new heights as the Rock, but encounters some challenges on the road to SummerSlam. In 2033, Dwayne finds the prime minister has a political crisis of her own.
World Pacific Wrestling
7. World Pacific Wrestling
January 6, 2023
Hawaii, 1985: Ata and Rocky try to outmatch Lia's promotion with a stable of new big-name wrestlers. Left behind at the after-school program, Dewey falls in with a crowd of latchkey kids.
Dwanta Claus
6. Dwanta Claus
December 16, 2022
Dwayne gets into the holiday spirit as he reflects on his past misadventures in gift giving.
Five Days
5. Five Days
December 9, 2022
Miami, 1997: Dwayne anxiously waits to see if his surprise heel turn will connect with the audience. As he finally gets to show off his personality in the ring, Dwayne struggles with the public attention from his growing fanbase.
Night Of The Chi-Chi's
4. Night Of The Chi-Chi's
December 2, 2022
Bethlehem, 1988: Teenage Dwayne is locked in with his father overnight when Rocky agrees to industrial clean a restaurant. In 2033, Dwayne feels nostalgia for a vintage arcade game he finds far from home.
On The Ropes
3. On The Ropes
November 18, 2022
Hawaii, 1985: Ata finds herself at odds with her rival at Lia's wrestling promotion. Rocky receives some news that turns the family's world upside down. Dewey gets a job so he can buy a Nintendo. In 2033, Dwayne weighs an important diplomatic mission.
Rocky Sucks
2. Rocky Sucks
November 11, 2022
Miami, 1997: As Dwayne recovers from an injury, he makes a life-changing decision. Upon returning to the WWF, Dwayne takes a major risk on the mic and with his character. In 2033, President Taft turns to Dwayne for help in a crisis.
The People Need You
1. The People Need You
November 4, 2022
After losing the 2032 election, Dwayne Johnson is ready to withdraw from political life for good when he gets an unexpected call. In 1985, Rocky learns there are consequences to crossing Vince. In 1997, Dwayne finds fans hate him even when he's a winner.
Where to Watch Young Rock
Young Rock is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Young Rock on demand at Peacock Premium, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 16, 2021
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (30,200)