Bert the Conqueror

Common Sense Media says

Thrill-seeking comedian tries his hand at local stunts.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Some of the featured stunts are potentially dangerous and could cause serious injury. The host occasionally complains about getting bruised.

Sex
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Language

Occasional profanity like “s--t” (usually uttered out of sheer terror) is fully bleeped.

Consumerism

Specific attractions -- like Park City, Utah, and Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio -- are featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Bert Kreischer
Network:Travel Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 17 years old Written byPlayItSafe July 20, 2010
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Funny!

I love this show! This guy is a real dare devil and also very funny! In one episode he jumps off a building so make sure you tell your kids not to do that (unless their attached to some type of rope). He's such a baby too when he does some challenges it's hysterical.
Parent of a 10 year old Written byadventureguy June 23, 2010
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Stold script from Man vs. Food.

This show totally copycats man vs. food. It has the exact same dialogue as man vs. food. Also, it finishes with a challenge. Give me a break. Bert is one ugly dude so that makes it hard to watch. Thus, I am giving it only 2 stars. Cmon, come up with something original. Adam must be pissed.

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