Bam's Bad Ass Game Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top prank show features dangerous stunts, language.

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Pranks are supposed to be funny, but the ones featured on the show are potentially dangerous, and often seem mean-spirited. 

Positive role models & representations

The co-hosts often take risks in the name of being funny.

Violence

Stunts range from being shot from a cannon, having fireworks attached to one's person and set off, to being shot at by paint guns, and being dragged across the pavement using wooden crates as skis. Protective gear is used by the contestants, but usually not by the hosts when they are pranking each other. 

Sex

Women are often referred to as chicks. 

Language

Words like "ass"; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped, and sometimes mouths are covered.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bam's Bad Ass Game Show features adult contestants participating in a range of wacky and potentially dangerous stunts for money. Stunts featured here range from being shot from a cannon to being shot at with a paint gun while being suspended and hogtied. There's also lots of bleeped vocab ("s--t," "f--k"); on occasion mouths are shielded. It's not meant for young viewers, and is an iffy viewing choice for younger teens thanks to some of the socially irresponsible behavior featured. Viewers of all ages are reminded to never attempt what they see here. 

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What's the story?

BAM'S BAD ASS GAME SHOW pits contestants against each other in a series of crazy and potentially dangerous challenges for a chance to win $10,000. Hosted by Jackass franchise host Bam Margera, four contestants compete in challenges like ski jumping into cardboard boxes wearing apple crates on their feet to being quizzed while being hogtied over a dirty pool of water. The contestant who does the worst job in each challenge is eliminated. Throughout the competition Margera's friends and co-hosts Seth Meisterman, Tim O'Connor, and Brandon Novak, conduct and monitor the challenges, and in-between contests prank each other.

Is it any good?

The unscripted series, which is produced by Margera, features lots of over-the-top stunts that are variations of things like human bowling and turning people into crash-test dummies. All are designed to be funny, gross, and even painful, to the amusement of the show's co-hosts. 

It's meant to be taken lightheartedly, but the stunts the friends play against each other often appear deliberately painful and mean-spirited. The contestants are also a little too happy to put themselves through these uncomfortable or painful ordeals. In the end, rather than a game show, the series simply seems like a desperate plea for attention. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pranks. When is playing a prank on someone funny, and when does it go too far? Should pranks ever be damaging or painful? 

  • Is featuring potentially dangerous prank-like stunts on a reality show a responsible thing to do, even if protective gear is used and people are warned not to do them at home? 

TV details

For kids who love game shows and reality

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