A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Gambling, winning, and money are all part of the game, but it's all in fun.
Positive Role Models
The contestants are fun, good sports, and often have large personalities.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the survey questions and comments can be a little suggestive, but nothing overtly sexual.
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Products & Purchases
Joel McHale often makes references to television shows and other popular culture items.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is referenced on rare occasion (as a joke).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Card Sharks is an adaptation of a classic game show where contestants guess the value of cards for a chance to win cash prizes. It's family-friendly, but on occasion some of the survey questions, jokes, and contestant behaviors can be a little suggestive, and drinking is sometimes referenced. Most jokes will fly over kids' heads.
Is It Any Good?
This lively series features colorful contestants and Joel McHale, whose (often subdued, compared to his usual vibe) humor only adds to the fray. The energy of the audience is also a big part of the show. But those familiar with the original will note some differences, all of which up the stakes quite a bit. As a result, the wins are big, and the losses are bigger, which makes it all the more entertaining. It's no reinvention of the wheel, but Card Sharks is a fun show that has the capacity to get the whole family excited to watch.
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