Win, Lose or Draw
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Star-studded, energetic drawing game is fun for families.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but the characters show good sportsmanship in victory and in defeat, so there are some positive messages about healthy competition.
The show highlights the positive aspects of competition, showing the participants having fun and working as a team as they face off in a series of games. There's no sense of greed or ill will among the contestants, and the guest stars even alternate between the teams to keep things fair.
Positive Role Models
The young contestants always stay positive, even when things don’t go their way, and they applaud their opponents' successes even in their own defeat.
Products & Purchases
Prizes from familiar brands such as Nintendo, GameStop, and Urban Outfitters mean multiple opportunities for product placement in each show. As guest celebrities are introduced, the Disney shows that made them stars get mention as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Win, Lose or Draw -- Disney's version of the classic '80s game show of the same name -- pits teams of kids and celebrity guests against each other in a series of high-tech, high-energy drawing challenges. Most games incorporate some physical test as well, keeping the kids moving as they're drawing clues for their teammates to guess, and the host's verbal hints increase the chances of the kids answering correctly. The fact that guest celebs such as Dove Cameron and Jake Short drop by to play is bound to draw in kids who know and love them from their work on popular Disney shows. All the players show good sportsmanship in victory and in defeat, lending good reminders about fair play. It's easy to play along from home since the answers aren't shown on the screen, making this a fun pick for family viewing.
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What's the Story?
Disney's WIN, LOSE OR DRAW revamps the classic '80s TV game show with modern conveniences such as touchscreen technology and motion control, challenging teams of kids to a series of drawing contests for the chance to win prizes. Each team consists of two friends plus a guest celeb from Disney works such as Austin & Ally, Kickin' It, and Teen Beach Movie. Host Justin Willman takes the players through three rounds of play in games such as "Get a Clue" and "Fill in the Blank" to determine which team earns the right to compete in a final contest for prizes.
Is It Any Good?
This isn't your grandmother's Win, Lose or Draw, that's for sure. There's no uncapping of markers or flipping of pages on a giant drawing pad or other such outdated nonsense in this highly evolved game show. Here the tools are the players' fingers on oversize touchscreens, with flashy graphics and even remote "magic wands" that translate what the kids draw in the air to a screen behind them for their teammates to see. In other words, it's right on par with the high-tech world of games and gadgets your kids are accustomed to.
But perhaps the best change in this updated version is its incorporation of activities into the games, all of which challenge the players physically in some way. When it's their team's turn to play, these kids are racing to swap places, rocking on a balance board while they draw clues, and even drawing using only their heads. Not only does it make the show more fun (and often more comical) to watch, it also illustrates how easy it is to incorporate physical activity into everyday activities including family game time.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about winning and losing. How does each circumstance feel? What lessons can you learn from winning? From losing?
Kids: Were you familiar with the guest stars in this show before you watched it? Did knowing their work entice you to tune in? Which privileges does being a star seem to bring? What, if anything, would you say would be the downside to fame?
What are some of your family's favorite games to play together? How could you add more physical activity to them? What are some of the ways you stay fit and healthy together?
- Premiere date: March 3, 2014
- Cast: Justin Willman
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Game Shows
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 26, 2022
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