What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
BRAINRUSH takes the typical trivia game show to new heights (literally!) by asking young contestants to answer general-knowledge questions, remember facts, and solve puzzles -- all while enduring the rush of riding a roller coaster. In each episode, hosts Lamorne Morris and Sarah Karges select three unsuspecting thrill seekers to accumulate cash in a series of mind-tickling challenges. As the competition heats up, the questions -- and the coasters -- get more intense, making it tough for the kids to keep a cool head under the pressure. The eventual winner gets the chance to double his or her money (or lose half) in a final, single-question bonus round.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about game shows. Kids: How did this show compare to other game shows you’ve seen? Did you like that it challenged the competitors both physically and mentally? How do the contestants deal with the pressure they’re under? How do you think you'd do in a similar situation? If you could be on a game show, which one would you choose? How would you prepare?