A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork, good sportsmanship, positive body images are themes. Men and women are treated equally.
Positive Role Models
They try, they fail, they laugh, and they're all good sports.
Violence & Scariness
Falls, bumps, scrapes; humorous threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Shirtless men, people in bathing suits. A brief concern about wearing a bathing suit and negative publicity is raised. One team is made up of TV "hunks."
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Occasional use of words such as "damn," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
References are made to TV shows, show characters, and the like.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Battle of the Network Stars, a revival of the classic series of the same name, features fun, sort-of-athletic competitions between popular TV actors. There's some humorous trash talking, and participants sometimes fall and sustain some bumps and bruises, but no one is seriously hurt. Despite some occasionally strong words such as "ass" and "damn" and some mild sexual innuendo (shirtless men and discussion of "hunks"), it's family-friendly and promotes good sportsmanship and teamwork. It also offers some positive body-image messages here and there, too. There are frequent references to TV shows and the characters the contestants portray(ed) throughout.
Is It Any Good?
This fun, lighthearted revival features celebs doing their best to show that they can survive, if not excel at, events resembling athletic activities. Participants exhibit a competitive spirit and a sense of humor as they compete in the equivalent of a high school field day. Commentators pay homage to the original series and its famous host, Howard Cosell, by donning classic ESPN jackets. They also add to the fray with their brand of deadpan, deprecating humor.
Those who watched the original show will probably feel a bit nostalgic, especially when seeing Battle veterans such as Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel competing. But audiences will see lots of popular actors new to the scene, such as Modern Family's Nolan Gould and High School Musical's Corbin Bleu, also battling their way toward glory. But regardless of whom you root for, Battle of the Network Stars offers lots of entertaining moments the whole family can enjoy.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.