With its remarkably harsh and intense representation of competitive cheerleading, Netflix’s ‘Cheer‘ took over the world as soon as it launched in early 2020.
After all, the cheer teams from Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College are preparing to participate in the annual final in this documentary series.
It analyses everything from drops to conflicts, as well as emotions and successes, to demonstrate why cheerleading is such an important sport.
So, if you’re wondering if there’s anything fishy going on in the production, we’ve got you covered.
‘Cheer’ TV Series Is Real Story or Scripted?
‘Cheer,’ created by Greg Whiteley (creator of ‘Last Chance U,’ ‘Resolved,’ & ‘Most Likely to Succeed,’) appears to be as realistic and accurate as possible.
To put it another way, none of the situations, competitions, games, or dialogues are written by experts and given to the coaches or athletes to deliver on camera, allowing their emotions to be genuine.
However, given the amount of time, money, and other resources invested in putting together a series, it’s not uncommon for the producers to push some conversation subjects or modify sequences during post-production.
One of the best examples of the latter is near the conclusion of season 1, when we hear that Lexi Brumback had a run-in with the law and was kicked off the Navarro Cheer.
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That’s when we see her getting ready to go out and have a good time, hinting that she’s gone back to her old, troublesome ways, but that’s not the case.
“The rave scene in the last episode happened months before Daytona,” Lexi explained to ET.
“They just made it feel like when I left [Navarro], I was going to be all screwed up and stuff.” I did attend school, but not at Navarro.”
The portrayal of Gabi Butler’s parents and the aftermath of Mackenzie “Sherbs” Sherburn’s fall are two more examples of such changes.
In season 1, the former came out as highly intense, and touch was dominating, although Gabi and Greg have subsequently stated that this is not their personality.
Even the creator admitted that more aspects of their lives and interpersonal interactions should have been included to give us a more complete picture.
When it came to the accident that caused Sherbs to be injured, the subsequent re-choreography to make the routine safer was completely deleted from the show.
With that stated, each cast member’s touching backstories, dialogues, and interests, as well as everything else, are all true.
Overall, ‘Cheer‘ is not a fake because nothing linked to the cheer competition or any individual’s personal experiences/feelings is directed, despite the fact that some things have been changed (for our enjoyment) in post-production editing.