A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
People who appear on the "clips of fails" show are mocked but not brutally; particularly painful-looking injuries are greeted with sympathetic faces and sounds. Young kids may be tempted to try some of the stunts they see even though they also see the consequences (pain).
Positive Role Models
Main host Rob Gronkowski shares his sports knowledge in serious moments, showing viewers where a jump went wrong or revealing the meaning of baseball signals. Teens may want to emulate this popular athlete.
Violence & Scariness
Show revolves around criticizing sports accidents. Some look grievous: head injuries, car accidents, terrible falls, people hit in the face with baseballs. No blood or gore, and most people jump up from their falls with a rueful smile.
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No cursing but infrequent insulting language: An older man is called "Grandpa" derisively.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crashletes is a show in which footage of sports bloopers and stunt fails is reviewed while a trio of hosts joke about the people in the videos. The videos sometimes show accidents that look like they result in painful, or possibly serious, injuries: People are hit in the face with baseballs, run into walls, or fall on their backs. The hosts generally mock those in the videos but occasionally wince sympathetically when an accident looks particularly bad. Sports star and host Gronkowski has insider information on sports that he shares with viewers; teens may want to emulate this athlete, which parents probably won't mind.
Is It Any Good?
It probably says something not-so-nice about human nature that video-fail shows such as this are both popular and (to most) very funny, but this sports-blooper half hour is pretty amusing anyway. As we all know from real life, people rarely make amazing shots or pull off fancy stunts -- generally, trying to do something crazy ends up with all your buddies laughing at you with egg on your face. So though you may wince as you watch a football get kicked into someone's face, or a soapbox-derby driver launched into the air, you'll probably also chuckle as well. And since the show refrains from showing truly terrible accidents -- those with blood and gore -- the occasional wince is as bad as it gets.
The show even spotlights some amazing athletic accomplishments with "Crashlete fails," stunts that happened to work out incredibly: A skier high-fives someone on a chairlift at the apex of a jump, a basketball player makes a basket from the far end of the court. This, plus the segments focusing on impressive animal athletes, turn a show that could be kinda mean into something just slightly mean instead. Crashletes is a good bet for whole-family watching, because most everyone, age 1 to 100, laughs when they watch other people fall down.
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