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101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this game show features contestants participating in the type of action stunts normally performed by professionals that could lead to injury and/or death if tried at home. Contestants engaging in these stunts are often shown screaming (sometimes using bleeped expletives) out of real fear. Younger viewers may find it overwhelming or even a little scary.
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What's the story?
From the creators of Wipeout comes 101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW, an American adaptation of a British elimination show in which losing players are forcibly ejected from the competition. Host Jeff Sutphen poses trivia questions to six contestants who are hoping to win the $50,000 grand prize. Each person gets to choose their response from a series of options, one of which is the wrong answer. Those who pick the correct answer stay in the game, while the loser of each round leaves the game by being shot out of a cannon, dropped from a 10-story tower into a pool of water, or some other action-packed method. The person who answers all the questions correctly takes home the cash and avoids a near-death experience.
Is it any good?
The series mixes fun trivia with the kind of suspense that will have viewers on pins and needles as they wait to see which of the terrified contestants will be making a spectacular exit at the end of each round. They'll also find some of the questions, which deal mostly with popular culture, fun to answer on their own.
The show isn't mean spirited, but folks may question why anyone would subject themselves to these kinds of crazy stunts. Some might wonder whether they'd have the guts to appear on a game show to face their fears if it meant winning money. Regardless, watching others who've already made that decision is entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what motivates people to compete in shows that put them at risk of having to participate in frightening and/or potentially humiliating stunts. Is it the money? A chance to be on camera? Or is it just for fun?
Would you be willing to take part in a competition like this? Do you think these kinds of competitions ever go too far?
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