Caraoke Showdown

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Regular folks do car sing-alongs for cash in fun game show.

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Positive Messages

Singing for cash is all in good fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Folks look, act silly, have fun. 


Some innuendo, including sexy dancing and risqué lyrics. 


"Ass," "hell."


Uber is a show sponsor is often referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some folks appear mildly intoxicated. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Caraoke Showdown is a game show based on James Corden's popular late-night segment where celebs sing in his car. It's set in Las Vegas and has a slight edge to it as a result. There's a bit of sexual innuendo, sometimes spurred by sexy lyrics, and some strong words (such as "ass"). Some contestants seem a little under the influence, but all are good sports and having fun. The series is sponsored by car ride company Uber, which is sometimes mentioned.

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What's the story?

Co-produced by Howie Mandel and hosted by Craig Robinson, CARAOKE SHOWDOWN is a game show about people competing for thousands of dollars in a car. Each episode features Robinson posing as a car-service driver picking up commuters around Los Vegas. But his clients soon realize they're going to compete in a series of karaoke-style challenges for cash. Sometimes guests such as DJ Aoki and Blue Man Group join for the ride. The folks who win the most money in each showdown get to sing against each other in front of a crowd to win the grand prize. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted series features folks having fun as they try to earn money by singing their hearts out with a celebrity in a car. It's not as entertaining as James Corden's Late Late Nite "Carpool Karaoke" segments, but the personalities of the singing riders still make it fun. 

There are some brief adult-oriented moments thanks to the Vegas setting, but Karaoke Showdown is more focused on the contest and enjoying the experience. Families who love Corden's segments will get a kick out of this spin-off.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about karaoke. Where does this form of entertainment originally come from? Why is it so popular? 

  • Why are people willing to compete in game shows if it makes them look silly? Is it the money? Or just the fun of it? Would you be willing to participate in something like Caraoke Showdown

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 12, 2017
  • Cast: Craig Robinson
  • Network: Spike
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 13, 2019

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