A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Building robots is fun and for everyone.
Positive Role Models
Bot builders vary in education, experience.
Violence & Scariness
Bots are judged for aggression, weapons, damage, defense. Hazards include mallets, saws, spikes, and so on. All violence is between robots.
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Occasional curses bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Companies such as Double Robotics featured. Apple logo visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BattleBots is a competition show that features remote-controlled robots fighting to the death. The matches are aggressive, but the overall series shows how science and technology can be fun and appealing to everyone. There's lots of crashing, breaking, and exploding machines, and on occasion their creators lose their temper or say the occasional (bleeped) bad word. Logos of companies or services owned by the Bot creators are shown, as is the occasional Apple logo.
Is It Any Good?
From wheel-less devices to machines with rotor blades fast enough to saw an entire robot in half, the San Francisco-based competition proves that combining sports, gaming, science, and technology can be both exciting and fun. Adding to the fray are the high-energy, Vegas-style matches, complete with bright lights, an enthusiastic ring announcer (Faruq Tauheed), and wild, cheering fans.
The mashing, slicing, dicing, and fiery confrontations between the Bots are designed to be entertainingly violent. However, the show also sends strong messages about the kinds of things you can learn from robotics and the kinds of things you can use robots for outside of battle. More importantly, it underscores the fact that no matter what your age, gender, or education level, robotics is for everybody.
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