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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tense, hi-tech game of tag shows folks making iffy choices.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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


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.


Words like "ass," "crap," and "bitch" are audible. Stronger curses are bleeped.


The logo for Columbia outdoor wear is occasionally visible, but not prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional reference to drinking.

What 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.

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Kid, 12 years old August 25, 2013


This is an adrenaline pumping show. They do swear a bit, and people throw things at each other, but in the end, it's just a game.

What's the story?

CAPTURE is a reality competition featuring contestants hunting each other for cash. Twelve color-coded teams of two battle extreme weather, hunger, and fatigue as they traverse around the Hunting Grounds, a primitive -- but high-tech -- 4000-acre patch of wilderness surrounded by an electronic perimeter. The catch? One team is designated as the \"hunters,\" and must try to locate and tag or \"capture\" two teams within a 48-hour time frame. As they are being hunted, each pair, which is outfitted with electronic vests, remote video cameras, and GPS navigation devices, must continually move in order to avoid having their location electronically revealed. If the designated hunters fail to capture their quota, they become subject to elimination. Throughout it all, host Luke Tipple (a.k.a. The Game Master) is able to manipulate the game from afar. At the end of each hunt, the teams that escaped the hunters must vote to eliminate a captured duo from the game. The team that manages to remain in the month-long game until the end wins $250,000.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about competitive reality shows. What motivates people to participate? Is the challenge? The attention? The money? Do you think the competitors behave the same way they do in their every day lives? Are the producers of these shows also responsible for the way people behave on these TV programs?

  • Would you ever sign up to be on a reality show? What factors would you consider in making your decision?

  • How do you think you would act under similar circumstances? Would you sabotage other teams in order to succeed? Does the fact that this is a game excuse people's choices?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 30, 2013
  • Cast: Luke Tipple
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 29, 2020

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