A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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What's the story?
Hosts Rob Gronkowski, Stevie Nelson, and Brandon Broady roast and toast epic athletic fails on CRASHLETES, a blooper show with viral clips of sporting endeavors gone wrong -- or, sometimes, freakishly right. From their comfy seats next to CRASHLETES' giant-screen TV, Gronkowski, Nelson, and Broady watch face-planting skiers, butterfingered ball players, would-be stunt performers, and assorted other regular folk fall, crash, and generally make fools of themselves. Ouch, that looked like it hurt! But it's all in good fun.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about when a joke is funny and when it becomes inappropriate or unethical or causes humiliation. Do we need to make fun of people to be funny? Why is it funny instead of disturbing to watch someone hurt themselves? Does it mean viewers are desensitized to violence? How does watching violent shows affect children?
Why was a sports star chosen to host this show? Why not a comedian or actor? What does a sports background add to Rob Gronkowski's commentary?
Blooper shows are frequently filmed in front of a live audience. Why? What does the audience add? Do the laughs of the audience make you laugh more?
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