Parents' Guide to

American Ninja Warrior Junior

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Young athletes take on notorious obstacles in fun contest.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Over produced & girls are under-represented on the podium

This show is not about athletic ability, it's about the story, much like the adult version of the show has become. My daughter lost interest during the first season after seeing girls having to compete and more than often lose against the boys. As a competitive ninja herself, she knows the top boys in her age group are physically different than her so she can't compare herself to them. In her competitions, as in most sports, girls compete against girls and boys compete against boys. On the adult version, although it's not Ninja vs. Ninja style, they take the top performing women. If they didn't do that, there would be no or maybe only one woman in the next phase. I think production is clueless about what they're really displaying. There are a lot of real & strong female ninjas on the show. There are also enough girls to compete against eachother. Let's have a show that's equal and fair!
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age 6+
Pretty please, Peacock, don’t take this off!😔

Is It Any Good?

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Like its parent series, this show rewards physical ability and agility, but also mental toughness to overcome the challenges that arise in the course of competition. Players have to be quick and strong enough to maneuver obstacles that test their upper body strength and balance, but they also must keep their wits about them when they fall behind or, as sometimes happens, fall down. What makes it fun to watch is that small stumbles don't always spell disaster, and come-from-behind victories are the most exciting of all.

Because the obstacle course changes with the different age groups, watching contenders race over and over again is not as boring as it otherwise might be. American Ninja Warrior Junior has some value for families watching, as it celebrates fair play, good sportsmanship, and physical fitness. Positive examples of mentoring exist between adult Warriors and these young competitors, and there's a lot of shared excitement among the fans and the hosts as the competition evolves. Fair warning, though; many of these junior competitors were inspired to start training by the original American Ninja Warrior. Seeing kids their age compete might just be the spark that ignites your own kids' interest.

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