A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see the contestants use teamwork, communication, strategy, and perseverance in the game show's challenges. Success is celebrated, and failures inspire encouragement from the host and the other competitors. Sporting behavior is extended all around throughout the games, and teams comprise adult and youth family members, so there's great camaraderie.
Positive Role Models
The contestants encourage each other and even cheer on their opponents. There's a general sense that having fun is the primary goal and winning is secondary.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beat the Clock is a reboot of the classic '50s game show and pits teams of family members against each other in timed challenges for cash prizes. This family-friendly series has great messages about being a good sport, as the young contestants sometimes show their disappointment over losing but, with help from the grown-ups, come around to cheering on their opponents and redoubling their efforts the next chance they get. The games are fun to watch, and the contestants' experiences are reminders of the joys of spending time with family.
Is It Any Good?
The classic '50s game show gets another reboot in this lively series that greatly increases the kid appeal by featuring young contestants and their adult teammates. The games are relatively simple in structure and fun to watch, tasking competitors with tossing marshmallows into a cup held in their partners' mouths, for instance. In many cases variations of the games could be replicated at home with some basic supplies, willing participants, and, of course, a clock.
Game shows like Beat the Clock can be helpful in teaching kids about sporting behavior and being good winners and losers. This series doesn't sanitize young contestants' disappointment over losing a game, but it does show the players and the host redirecting those negative feelings into more positive determination for the next round. Another plus? The family member teams aren't limited to parents and kids; often they pair grandparents and grandkids or other combinations.
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