Big Star Little Star

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, family-friendly game show great for tweens and parents.

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Positive Messages

Positive parent/child relationships, communication, teamwork, charitable giving all highlighted. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents and children are close; can get competitive. 


Some excited yelling. 


Occasional words like “pissed.”

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Big Star Little Star is a family-friendly game show featuring parents and their children competing for charity. It's a lot of fun and highlights themes like positive parent/child relationships and communication. Banter sometimes includes references to bathroom behavior, and on occasion a word like “pissed” is used. Contestants get humorously competitive, and there’s some excited yelling, but nothing to worry about. 

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What's the story?

BIG STAR LITTLE STAR, an adaptation of a popular British game show, features celebrities and their children teaming up and competing for charity. Hosted by Cat Deeley, each episode features three adult celebs, including folks like reality star Todd Chrisley, former N’Sync member Joey Fatone, and football player Chad Johnson, teaming up with with their sons or daughters to answer questions about each other. Every right answer earns them points, the amount of which increases with every match. The winning team gets $25K to donate to their favorite charity. The other two teams get $5K to donate to theirs.

Is it any good?

This charmingly upbeat series highlights positive parent-child relationships and charitable giving, under the guise of a goofy game show. Most questions test how much kids know about their parents, but throughout the game parents learn something about their kids’ thoughts, too. 

The guest roster isn’t full of A-listers, but the larger-than-life personalities of some of the participants make up for this. So do the awkwardly funny moments that result from kids revealing some of the their parents’ weird or bad behaviors. Overall, Big Star Little Star is a fun show that families can enjoy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much they know about each other. Kids: Would your parents be surprised at things you know about them? Parents: Are there things you think your children should know about you? Do you know enough about each other to win on a game show like Big Star Little Star? Is there anything you'd rather not reveal on it?

  • If you had the opportunity to appear on Big Star Little Star, what charity would you play for? Why?

  • Families can talk about teamwork. Why is it an important character strength

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 31, 2017
  • Cast: Cat Keeley
  • Network: USA
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • Character strengths: Teamwork
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 26, 2020

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