Parents' Guide to

72 Hours

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fast-paced survivalist challenge with bickering, stress.

TV TNT Reality TV 2013
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72 Hours travels from the Yasawa Islands in Fiji to the American Southwest, offering an action-packed race full of physical challenges in exotic places. Not surprisingly, the show capitalizes on the remoteness of the regions by using helicopters and dramatic music to enhance the drama. But what makes the show interesting are the various ways that the teams cope with the natural obstacles that arise when navigating these areas, most of which are more grueling than they originally appear.

There are lots of tense moments, especially when contestants make bad decisions or struggle with each other's leadership style. Watching them succumb to heat exhaustion and dehydration -- especially when being so close to reaching the prize -- can also be frustrating to watch. But the show's primary focus on the actual race, rather than personal drama, makes it a fun viewing choice.

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