Cannonball

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silly water competition doesn't make a splash.

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Positive Messages

It's a competition for money, but nothing here is taken seriously. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are from all walks of life and have various physiques. Some are more competitive than others, but they all seem to be having a good time. 

Violence

People are shot or pulled into the air and slammed into the water or inflatable objects. Safety gear is worn at all times. 

Sex

Some contestants wear skimpy bathing suits or dance in ways that are presumably meant to be sexy (but aren't). 

Language

Folks utter words like "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

Contestants compete to win money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cannonball is a game show featuring contestants participating in extreme water events for money. Occasionally, people yell out in fear or pain, and it may seem like they could be seriously hurt. (No one is.) The stunts include things like high-impact water landings and speeding across the surface of water. Safety gear is worn at all times. Mild cursing includes "damn" and "hell." It's meant to be fun, and there's a lot of humor, but viewers of all ages should not try these dangerous stunts at home. 

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What's the story?

Adapted from the British game show of the same name, CANNONBALL features average folks splashing their way through extreme water sporting events for a chance to win $10,000. Hosted by WWE's Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, and Rocsi Diaz, each episode showcases a colorful group of contestants attempting to earn points by competing in rounds that require them to slide down a seven-story mega slide, get launched into the air, or skim across the water on their stomachs at high speed. Those with top scores move on through the competition. The person who scores the highest in the final round wins the cash. Throughout it all, side reporter Simon Gibson offers his input about what's happening, and interviews the winner after it's over. 

Is it any good?

This over-the-top series features people willingly participating in crazy water stunts for both fun and cash. Despite the big splashes, and some colorful behavior displayed by some competitors, the overall series never seems to pick up steam. The hosts' banter often falls flat, and The Miz's antics are more silly than entertaining. Meanwhile, the predictable use of devices like slow-motion replays of high-flying moments and dramatic crash landings gives you the sense that you've seen it all before. Granted, Cannonball isn't supposed to be taken seriously, and will provide some mindless entertainment if you're looking for it. But it doesn't offer anything original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what compels people to participate in extreme game shows like Cannonball. Is it for the money? To be on TV? Or just to have fun? 

  • Game shows are meant to be fun, but do they ever go too far? Should people be put at risk, or be ridiculed, when participating in them? 

  • What other game shows are you familiar with? What are some of the quirkiest competitions you've seen?  

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