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Awake: The Million Dollar Game

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Amusing game exploits sleep-deprived contestants for cash.

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This exploitative but amusing series reveals how sleep deprivation impacts people's ability to function, especially when they're expected to make strategic decisions during a game show. Some of the fun comes from watching the contestants struggle through challenges that range from weird stunts to mundane everyday tasks. But the real entertainment comes from tension created by the buy-outs, which require contestants to make high stakes decisions while completely exhausted.

It's meant to be lighthearted reality fare. However, Awake: The Million Dollar Game also relies on the willingness of people to temporarily put their physical and mental well-being aside for the sake of winning some cash. Meanwhile, putting extremely sleep-deprived people who are barely functioning on a stage to under-perform feels a bit like a torture session. Some folks will enjoy it, but it also makes you wonder how far people will go to win a buck or two.

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