A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is a voyeuristic examination of human nature, to some degree, and shows how desperation causes people to act in ways they might not be proud of. It especially highlights how money and competition entice folks to behave poorly. It also shows some of the emotional impact being chased can have on people, even if it is just a game.
Positive Role Models
Teams are made up of different combinations of folks -- friends, couples, siblings, etc. from various parts of the world. Some players are very cocky; many go out of their way to sabotage teams, avoid capture, and/or locate their human prey.
Violence & Scariness
Being chased creates a sense of panic among contestants, leading to yelling and screams. Teams sometimes bicker with each other. People are shown vomiting; a few get hurt (but no bloody wounds visible). Occasionally a competitor is taken away by ambulance
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some teams refer to their breasts as "weapons" that they can use during the competition. Men and women sometimes sleep together to stay warm; rare references are made to being promiscuous.
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Words like "ass," "crap," and "bitch" are audible. Stronger curses are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The logo for Columbia outdoor wear is occasionally visible, but not prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional reference to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capture is a reality competition that pits teams of two adults against each other in a tense, high-tech game of hide and seek. Contestants are shown committing acts of sabotage (including destroying food) to stay in the game. Panic filled moments lead to screaming and occasionally folks get sick or injured (but no blood). Contestants sometimes use crude language, though the strongest words are bleeped. Teens may find the show fun and remind them of The Hunger Games, but some of the behavior featured here makes it an iffy option for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
Capture combines the games of tag and hide and seek with some Hunger Games-type theatrics (minus the fights to the death) in order to create some adrenaline-fueled drama. Adding to the intensity of these moments is the Game Maker's disembodied voice blasting over speakers at various points of the game. The footage shown from the teams' cameras as they are hunting and/or being chased also creates some tension-filled scenes.
The chases are fun to watch, but the show also features its fair share of bickering as desperate teams crack under the pressure of the chase while wrestling with miserable living conditions. Even more disturbing is the zeal some contestants demonstrate when actively hunting for folks or committing acts of sabotage, like destroying food rations, in order to deliberately hurt other teams. Viewers may enjoy tuning in, but what it shows us about human behavior is a little alarming.
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