Broke A$$ Game Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pull pranks on the street, make cash on edgy but silly show.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Compromising yourself for cash prizes, though sort of fun, doesn't send the greatest message. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Folks often do things they feel uncomfortable doing for money. 

Violence

Stunts don't appear dangerous, but unsuspecting prank victims sometimes make violent threats. Things are thrown at people (no injuries); vomiting is shown. 

Sex

Folks sometimes shown in underwear; sexy dancing is more silly than lewd.  

Language

"Crap," "bitch," "ass," "piss"; stronger curses bleeped. 

Consumerism

Random stores and food brands sometimes visible in backgrounds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Broke A$$ Game Show is a teen-oriented series featuring people doing silly or crazy things for money. People dance publicly in their underwear, throw things at strangers, lick things off windows, and do other generally non-dangerous stunts to earn some cash. There's lots of strong language ("bitch," "ass"; bleeped-out curses) and, on occasion, angry threats of violence from unsuspecting victims. 

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What's the story?

BROKE A$$ GAME SHOW mixes comedy, reality, and some silly pranks to give folks a chance to win some cash. With the help of a portable flat-screen television and some additional props, hosts David Magidoff and Derek Gaines ask random people around New York City to step out of their comfort zones and do crazy things for money. From dressing up as a bear and cuddling with unsuspecting nappers in Central Park to inviting people to twerk in their underwear, the series shows how far some people are willing to go in exchange for money. 

Is it any good?

The reality game show features the expected antics of an MTV show of this type, including pranks that range from edgy to over-the-top goofy. The banter between the hosts attempts to keep the action fast-paced. There are a few funny moments, usually thanks to innocent bystanders' reactions to the show's antics. Occasional interactions with police officers also might make you chuckle. Folks who like this sort of humor will certainly find something here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what people are willing to do for cash. Would you do some of the things they feature here if you got paid? Why, or why not? 

  • When does a prank cross the line into just being mean? Does this show makes a distinction?

TV details

For kids who love goofy game shows

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