A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants must focus on trivia quizzes and other brain teasers while they ride roller coasters, so thereâ€™s a good amount of mental challenge to the games. The winner must weigh greed against security when heâ€™s offered the chance to double his earnings in the bonus round. All competitors leave the show with some money, and all of the kids are good sports about the contest.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the roller coasters are a little intense.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show's kid-friendly content makes it a good introduction to game shows for young viewers. Kids will enjoy playing along with the contestants as they answer a series of questions and complete other challenges while riding roller coasters, and parents can rest assured that there's little competitive edge among the participants, all of whom get to keep the money they earn regardless of when they're eliminated. The show does allow the winner to gamble his prize in a bonus round, raising the issue of how greed plays a role even in game shows marketed for kids.
Is It Any Good?
This new twist on game shows is filled with kid-friendly content, from the thrills of the coaster rides to the age-appropriate trivia and memory challenges that kids at home can play along with. While there's no way to replicate the physical intensity that the contestants endure, viewers get a good sense of the participants' feelings from their facial expressions (captured by head-on cameras), making it fun to imagine how they'd react to being in the hot seat themselves.
While the show certainly isn't aiming to push specific positive messages, the fact that all of the contestants leave the game with whatever money they accumulate makes for a highly sportsmanlike atmosphere. A small amount of greed comes into play when winners are offered the chance to gamble their winnings for double the amount, but overall, worry-free content makes BrainRush a fun choice for grade-schoolers and young tweens.
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