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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Double Dare is a revamp of the popular same-named 1980s Nickelodeon game show. Kid contestants are challenged to answer trivia questions and complete physical tests in messy games. Despite the show's competitive nature, the kids are generally good sports and don't show much disappointment when they lose. But there is some tension as time winds down and point totals get close. Expect to see lots of pricey prizes on the line as the winning team races the clock to earn them, but overall this is a fun, worry-free series the whole family can watch together.
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What's the story?
DOUBLE DARE is a revival of a classic '90s game show where contestants compete in trivia quizzes and messy physical challenges to earn money and prizes. This version, like the original, pits teams of two kids against each other. Host Liza Koshy poses trivia questions to the players, which they can answer or dare their opponents to do so for double the points. If they're double-dared back, though, they must answer correctly or complete a physical challenge. At the end of two rounds, the team with the highest point total takes on the slimy, sticky, gooey Double Dare obstacle course to win a series of prizes.
Is it any good?
Few game shows even attempt to compete with this level of epically messy entertainment, and that's a big part of why the show keeps coming back. It's almost impossible to watch contestants slide through nacho cheese, scale oily ramps, get sprayed by foam, and yes, get doused by a gush of slime from an oversized nose and not enjoy it at least a little. And if you happen to be a grade-schooler with a soft spot for this kind of over-the-top material, all the better.
Double Dare's timing is impeccable for the prospect of family viewing since the original show's viewers are nostalgic parents now. Much about the show's format hearkens back to the first go-round, and the involvement of Marc Summers as the announcer adds to the nostalgia. As with any competition show, there are many opportunities to talk about fair play and sportsmanship as the contestants vie for top honors.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about team dynamics and the challenges of working with others. How do the unique and messy stunts in Double Dare challenge the kids' ability to work together? How do you and your friends overcome difficulties when you work or play together?
Are there any challenges in this show that you would have a hard time completing? How does the mess make everything harder for the contestants? Are these games designed to make the contestants fail, or do they have a good chance of success?
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