Bullrun

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Explosive reality race pits teams against time.

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

Positive Messages

A mix of collaborative teamwork and brutal competition and greed. Cheating and breaking the law are sometimes part of the game.

Violence

Some intense arguing between friends and enemies, occasional road kill, momentarily scary car malfunctions.

Sex

Sexual innuendo-fueled jokes, crude sexual language, sexualized flag-wavers.

Language

Plenty of it ("f--k" seems to be the group's favorite word), but the strongest words are bleeped.

Consumerism

Certain parts of the game are sponsored by specific products like Q Motor Oil and movies such as Shooter. Cars are identified by make and model, like Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some background drinking and cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the cast of this revved-up reality show swear constantly -- luckily, the worst of it is bleeped. There's also some sexual language, innuendo, and teasing between male and female competitors. Drivers tend to follow safety precautions, but speeding is a generally accepted element of the race. Competitors occasionally have encounters with police, and team members sometimes argue with each other and other teams. The female flaggers who greet racers as they cross the finish line wear mini dresses, fishnet stockings, and extremely high-heeled boots.

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Adult Written byjdmitr00 April 9, 2008

best show on tv

very intense and perfect for the car Enthusiast

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What's the story?

In the reality competition series BULLRUN, 12 teams race souped-up cars 4,000 miles across the United States for $200,000 in prize money. The teams face challenges along the way, from simple navigation errors to speeding tickets to orchestrated events designed to highlight the cars' capabilities and the drivers' skills. Teams of two -- best friends, sisters, brothers, and even a father-daughter duo -- compete against each other in vehicles that include a lumbering F-150 pick-up truck, a classic Ford Mustang, and a zippy Honda. Thanks to cameras mounted inside the cars (more follow everyone's stops and starts), viewers watch as the pairs argue, sing, and hit the occasional bunny (yup, there's road kill). In classic reality-show competition style, teams form alliances and try to undermine their adversaries.

Is it any good?

Overall, Bullrun is a fast-paced, exciting competition with all of the typical reality-show elements, including deception, strife, confrontation, and greed -- which makes it pretty iffy for younger viewers. Other potential eyebrow raisers include frequent foul language (the worst is bleeped) and some sexual innuendo.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality show competitions. Would you ever want to enter a reality TV contest? If so, which one? Would anyone in your family make a good team for a show like this? Why or why not? Families can also talk about America's car culture. Why do people get so into their cars? Do you have a favorite car?

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