Amne$ia

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Memory-centric game show fun; some edgy comments.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show focuses on the details of contestants' personal lives. Questions might be a little embarrassing, but they're not intended to humiliate. Family and friends support contestants. Miller's humor is often sarcastic. Standard levels of game show greed. Contestants are both male and female and from various racial and ethnic groups.

Violence
Sex

Some sexual innuendo (some of which will go over young viewers' head). Miller uses terms like "making out," "freaky-deaky," and "doing it." He also makes a mild reference to porn. Miller's female assistants (who are rarely seen) wear sexy dresses.

Language

Language includes words like "hell."

Consumerism

Frequent references to popular songs, actors, and other things from the contestants' past.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some contestants' photos show alcohol consumption. References to smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game show requires contestants to answer very specific questions about their lives for cash prizes. There's some greed and risk-taking involved, but the series really centers on how well people can remember personal details. Expect some sarcastic humor and sexual innuendo -- though most of the latter will go over the head of young viewers. Pictures of alcohol consumption are sometimes shown, and there are occasional references to smoking. Language includes words like "hell."

User Reviews

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Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 9, 2014

Amnesia

This was one of my all-time favorite game shows when it was on, and I also love the name, Amnesia.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
This show is so funny! I can't believe someone couldn't even pick out his own door-mat! I recomend this show for everyone 10+!

What's the story?

AMNESIA puts people to the test by asking them questions about their own lives for cash prizes. Hosted by Emmy-award winning comedian and radio/TV talk show host Dennis Miller, the show features a series of quiz-like challenges that require contestants to recall specific details from their childhood years through their current lives. With the help of family and friends, funny anecdotes and photographs are shared with the audience as contestants attempt to answer each question correctly and bank some big bucks.

Is it any good?

Although winning money is what drives the show, the real fun is watching the contestants struggle to remember the particulars about their lives -- the first thing they said to their future spouses, details about favorite childhood books, etc. Although the players are sometimes slightly embarrassed, the questions (unlike on The Moment of Truth) aren't intended to humiliate them, and everything is meant in good fun. That said, while Amnesia offers laughs, it lacks some excitement. Moments that should be suspenseful are watered down by the seemingly endless banter between Miller, the contestants, and their friends and family members.

Expect lots of Miller's trademark tongue-and-cheek humor, as well as jokes and anecdotes with some sexual references. Though some of the innuendo may go over kids' head, it still makes the show a bit strong for younger viewers. But older quiz show fans may find watching people getting stumped by their own life history fairly entertaining, if not edge-of-your-seat exciting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why people compete on game shows -- especially when it means sharing personal details about their lives on national television. Is it just for the money? Or is there another motivation? Families can also talk about the kinds of things people remember about their personal lives. What kinds of details do you remember from your past? How well do you think you'd do on a show like this?

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