Wipeout

Common Sense Media says

Obstacle courses are more silly than challenging.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While it's all meant in fun, the show does send a message that laughing at others' pain is OK. Be sure to remind kids that the stunts featured here are dangerous when not performed under supervision and using safety gear.

Positive role models

Contestants are driven by typical game show greed, competing in
grueling challenges for money. They often appear silly rather than
strong and/or courageous. Some minor egging on, but no real personal
rivalries between contestants. Participants are both male and female
and represent various racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Violence

Contestants ricochet off large balls, get shoved into mud, tumble off of giant trampolines, and more. They're sometimes heard briefly moaning and/or shouting out in pain, but most appear more tired than injured. All contestants wear safety gear; the stunts shouldn't be tried at home.

Sex

The hosts' comments sometimes include mild sexual innuendo that will go over kids' head. There are continual references to "big balls." Any partial nudity resulting from clothes slipping down during an event is completely blocked out. One contestant wears his underwear outside of his shorts.

Language

Words like "hell" are occasionally heard. Stronger words, like "ass," are bleeped out, with the speaker's mouth blurred as well.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, as in the Japanese series it's loosely modeled after, much of this reality/game show's entertainment value comes from watching contestants "wipe out" during the competition in embarrassing ways. Expect some mild sexual innuendo and words like "hell" (iffier terms are fully bleeped out), as well as a healthy dose of typical game show greed. Remind kids that while many of the stunts seem silly or harmless, they can cause serious injury if tried at home.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

On WIPEOUT, contestants race through a series of grueling obstacle courses for the chance to win $50,000. Each week, 24 thrill-seeking competitors are put to the test as they stumble over towers of mats sitting in mud, try to swing into walls, or triumph over any other hurdle producers put in their way before they qualify for the next round. Those who make it through face even tougher challenges, with the final four facing off in the larger-than-life Wipeout Zone. Whoever makes it through the Zone in the shortest amount of time wins the competition -- and the cash. The whole shebang is a loose adaptation of various contemporary Japanese game shows that focus on the embarrassing, sometimes hair-raising spills that competitors take while attempting to perform feats that seem more like punishments than tests of skill.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Unlike the seemingly life-threatening/gross stunts featured on shows like Fear Factor, most of Wipeout's challenges are designed to make people look more silly than brave. Adding to this are the comments offered by comedians/hosts John Anderson and John Henson, who -- with the help of Jill Wagner -- poke fun at the contestants' clumsiness and applaud their Herculean efforts. As a result, while viewers may cringe as contestants awkwardly tumble into pools of mud or ricochet off of giant rubber balls, they might also find themselves stifling a laugh or two.

Wipeout highlights the extremes to which some people will go to win money, even if it means getting humiliated in the process. While some viewers may find this sort of thing entertaining to watch, it doesn't send a particularly positive message to kids. If yours do watch, be sure to remind them that no matter how silly some of these stunts look, many of them can cause serious injury if tried at home.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about game shows. Why do you think people compete in crazy, humiliating, or scary challenges? Is it just for the money, or is there something else that motivates them? Do you think any of the challenges go too far?

  • Are any of your favorite shows

  • originally from another country? How do you think the American version

  • differs from the original?

  • Do you think there are shows from other

  • countries that wouldn't work in the United States, or vice versa? Why?

TV details

Cast:Jill Wagner, John Anderson, John Henson
Network:ABC
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old Written byMiranda Cosgrov... March 22, 2011
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Great!

I watch it!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bymngirl June 29, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 

Good Show!

Good show to watch and will keep you entertained

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old Written byhmph11 June 26, 2009
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7
QUALITY
 

great show!

i love this show its so funny!

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