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Card Sharks

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, lively, family-friendly game has a little innuendo.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Gambling, winning, and money are all part of the game, but it's all in fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The contestants are fun, good sports, and often have large personalities. 

Violence
Sex

Some of the survey questions and comments can be a little suggestive, but nothing overtly sexual. 

Language
Consumerism

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). 

What 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. 

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What's the story?

CARD SHARKS (2019) is a revival of a classic game show where two contestants compete to win cash by guessing whether their cards are higher or lower than previous ones. Host Joel McHale ​​​​​​poses a series of survey questions to the contestants, who answer for a chance to begin predicting the value of their cards on the board. The one to guess all 10 correctly wins $10,000 and the chance to go to the money round, where they get to wager the winnings for a chance to win over $100,000. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about game shows. What motivates people to appear on them? Do you notice a pattern or "type" of person who appears on them? 

  • Why do you think classic game shows like Card Sharks are making a comeback? What things need to be changed in order to make the original premise work for today's audiences? 

TV details

For kids who love game shows

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