101 Ways to Leave a Game Show

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Competition in which losing leads to extreme stunts.

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Positive Messages

The series underscores the fact that some people will take major risks to win money. Occasional light references to racial stereotypes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants willingly risk being sent on death-defying stunts in hopes of winning cash. There's some ribbing between contestants, but most are too nervous to be intimidating. 


Losers are shot into the air, dumped into the water, pushed off moving trucks, flown out of the competition, dragged under water, etc. Contestants always wear protective gear. They are shown screaming for help or crying out in fear, but the contestants' condition after the stunt is over isn't shown or discussed.


The frightened contestants utter words like "crap," "damn," "hell," and lots of "oh my God" -- and rarely stronger curses, which are fully bleeped.


Occasionally, trivia questions will refer to brand names like McDonalds or Google.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Kid, 12 years old March 22, 2019


i want them to bring it back and have one in Australia instead so i can be apart of it
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011

Awesome Show

I love this show! When I first saw the stuff they make them do I was like "OMG are they okay?!?!?!?!?!?"

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?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 10, 2010
  • Cast: Jeff Sutphen
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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