Cherries Wild

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Slot machine gambling features cash, lots of promotion.

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Positive Messages

It’s a game show where people compete for cash, but people have lots of chances to win something. 

Positive Role Models

Contestants are from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. Jason Biggs appears friendly and authentic. 

Violence

There’s lots of screaming and yelling when people win, but nothing violent. 

Sex

There are references to looking good, but nothing sexual. 

Language
Consumerism

Pepsi is a major sponsor of the show, and is referenced as such during the game. Soda cans are part of the set design, but the logos aren’t visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cherries Wild is a casino-style slot machine game show co-sponsored by Pepsi. The series' set design features the Pepsi colors, and there is a bonus game round specifically identified as being a result of the company’s sponsorship. Some of the trivia is about popular celebrities, songs, and brands. While there are some references to looking good physically, there’s no sexual content, and the only shouting comes from excited contestants. 

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What's the story?

Hosted by Jason Biggs, CHERRIES WILD is a game show featuring teams playing with the world’s biggest slot machine to win cash. Each episode features one team of two players answering rounds of trivia questions. A correct answer can win them cash, free spins, or one of the five wild cherries they need to win the $250K jackpot. A wrong answer sends them to the next question with nothing. The final "Payday Round" gives them a chance to win the big money, and to win extra perks and cash for themselves, as well as someone who is playing along at home, with the help of the show’s app. 

Is it any good?

This lively but basic series has contestants testing their luck and pop culture knowledge in order to win enough cash and spins to increase their odds of winning the jackpot. And like any game show, there’s a fair share of banter to break the tension, which host Biggs contributes to with some corny humor. 

Many of the questions are extremely easy, and there are a lot of opportunities for contestants to win. Meanwhile, Cherries Wild feels like a promotional vehicle for Pepsi, a co-sponsor of the show. Ultimately, it isn’t the most sophisticated of game shows, but one that's fun enough for a half an hour. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about game shows. Is the host that makes a game show interesting? Or is it the game itself? If you were invited to compete on a game show, would you do it? 

  • Game shows and other unscripted TV series can act as advertising vehicles for show sponsors. Does Cherries Wild take this too far? What are some of the ways to help kids learn how identify how marketers are targeting them?

TV details

  • Premiere date: February 14, 2021
  • Cast: Jason Biggs
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: February 16, 2021

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