A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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