Crashletes

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Laugh at fails, falls in OK-for-kids sports blooper show.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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. 

Sex
Language

No cursing but infrequent insulting language: An older man is called "Grandpa" derisively. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJoes31 July 17, 2016

Okay,But Cruel and rarely Funny

I don't watch this show much because it's dumb.And it's Obviously scripted and them acting to make it funny is horrible.I bet BTS there's al... Continue reading
Adult Written byKyle H. October 7, 2016

Crashtheseries

Worst show I've ever seen on TV. The hots are awful. I don't think they have ever been in front of camera or acted. Often dead silence like they don... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCurlygirly July 13, 2016

Boring, disappointing, rude

After about 5 minutes it's just people falling and celebrity's making fun of it. This is boring and cruel. If your kid were to be featured on that sho... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 3, 2016

Nice, super cool, really underrated

This is not all about laughing at people get hurt, by the way they do laugh at funny kid videos, and animals too. Also the show is called CRASHLETES what did yo... Continue reading

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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