American Ninja Warrior

Common Sense Media says

Super-fit folks conquer big obstacles for money.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Challengers are applauded for their strength, agility, and mental prowess, as well as their efforts even if they don't complete the course. Folks older than their mid-30s are often referred to as "old."

Positive role models

Challengers usually exhibit good sportsmanship and are clearly dedicated to fitness and show great mental strength, too. They are from all walks of life, though most of the challengers are male.

Violence

The obstacle courses are grueling, and no safety gear is worn. Challengers sometimes fall hard on the mats and/or get hit on the head. No blood or injuries are visible. Vignettes about challengers' personal stories show guns being fired and discuss serious illnesses like cancer.

Sex

Many of the male challengers are shown shirtless; a few wear tight Speedo-type bottoms.

Language

Words like "pissed" are used infrequently.

Consumerism

Many of the competitors are former professional athletes, soldiers, American Gladiators, and YouTube celebrities.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that reality competition show American Ninja Warrior, which is a spin-off of a Japanese series, features people attempting to complete one of the world's toughest obstacle courses for a major cash prize. It's pretty mild, but most challenges result in people falling (occasionally hitting the mats hard, but no blood), getting frustrated (the word "piss" is audible), or succeeding ... and ripping off their shirts to celebrate. Challengers' personal stories sometimes reference serious illnesses or feature guns. Folks should be reminded never to try any of these stunts at home.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, contestants attempt to conquer one of the world's most grueling obstacle courses. Based on the Japanese hit series Sasuke, the stateside version features Warrior hopefuls from across the country competing for one of 100 open slots. Those who make the cut have a chance to vie for $500,000 by facing Mount Midoriyama, a grueling four-stage obstacle course in Las Vegas that requires challengers to be mentally and physically strong, quick, and acrobatic. Hosts Matt Iseman and Olympian Jonny Moseley offer their play-by-play commentary and, along with sideline reporter Angela Sun, give viewers a close-up look at the course and its challengers. Whoever completes the course in the shortest amount of time wins both the cash and the coveted title.

Is it any good?

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American Ninja Warrior celebrates human strength and agility while entertaining viewers with larger-than-life obstacle courses that few will ever be able actually to complete. Some of the athletes' personal stories and training histories also add interest to the show.

Watching people go through the same obstacle course over and over again gets a little tedious. But folks who are interested in fitness and/or athletic-oriented competitions will definitely enjoy it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what motivates people to participate in extreme sport competitions. Is it just for the money? Or are there other things that inspire them? What motivates audiences to watch?

  • What do participants gain from being on TV? What do you think happens behind the scenes at shows like this? What's not seen?

TV details

Cast:Angela Sun, Jonny Moseley, Matt Iseman
Networks:G4, NBC
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old July 4, 2012
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trouble

movies should not have bad things
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 5, 2012
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american ninja warrior

Families can talk about what motivates people to participate in extreme sport competitions? Is it just for the money? Or are there other things that inspire them? What motivates audiences to watch? What do participants gain from being on TV? What do you think happens behind the scenes at shows like this? What's not seen?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old July 18, 2012
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4
QUALITY
 

fantastic show

people just get slammed around alot
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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