Bert the Conqueror
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Thrill-seeking comedian tries his hand at local stunts.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series showcases various ways that people satisfy their thrill-seeking desires. Many of the stunts are dangerous, but the show warns people that they shouldn't be tried at home (a message parents will want to reinforce with kids).
Positive Role Models
Despite the absurdity of some of the challenges, Kreischer keeps an open mind and is always happy to give them a try.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the featured stunts are potentially dangerous and could cause serious injury. The host occasionally complains about getting bruised.
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Occasional profanity like "s--t" (usually uttered out of sheer terror) is fully bleeped.
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Specific attractions -- like Park City, Utah, and Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio -- are featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series -- in which a thrill-seeking comedian tries various amusement park rides and backyard stunts -- is family-friendly overall, but kids of all ages should be reminded that many of the featured activities are extremely dangerous and shouldn't be tried at home. Occasional curses (like "s--t") are fully bleeped.
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What's the Story?
In BERT THE CONQUERER, comedian Bert Kreischer attempts to triumph over a variety of terrifying amusement park attractions and backyard stunts. The funny man travels across America to experience the adrenaline-pumping excitement of gravity-defying roller coasters, sky diving machines, and similar amusements. He also willingly tries frightening and potentially dangerous backyard stunts -- like being shot across a canyon in a giant handmade slingshot -- and samples some of small-town America's local annual traditions and challenges.
Is It Any Good?
Overall, Bert the Conqueror highlights the different ways that people across America satisfy their thrill-seeking cravings. It also shines a light on some unique cultural events that celebrate American small-town culture. Some of the activities seem a little zany, and many -- especially some of the backyard stunts -- are a little dangerous, too. But the show is non-judgmental about these activities and the people who participate in them. Instead, it offers an interesting look at how far Americans will go to have fun.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the thrill-seeking impulse. Why do people purposely look for ways to experience the sensations of flying, falling, and/or crashing?
How do the stunts featured on this show compare to those on a series like, for example, Jackass? Is one kind of stunt more kid/family-friendly than the other? Why?
Are there events and/or challenges that your local community participates in to celebrate your community's history and/or culture? What are they? Do you know the history behind these events?
- Premiere date: June 16, 2010
- Cast: Bert Kreischer
- Network: Travel Channel
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: November 5, 2022
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