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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this family-friendly game show based on the classic Nickelodeon show Double Dare features zany competitions involving things like pie fights, silly trivia questions, and a messy obstacle course. The show promotes family teamwork, patience, and cooperation as two families face off in three rounds of slimy, sloppy debauchery in hopes of winning the grand prize. Teams don't always win, but good sportsmanship is a strong message.
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What's the story?
In each episode of DOUBLE DARE 2000, two opposing family teams compete. Each family is asked a silly trivia question; if they can't answer it -- or assume the other team won't be able to, either -- they can dare the rival family to take a shot at it. In turn, the opposing team can volley the question back by suggesting a double dare or a physical challenge. If a team chooses not to answer the question and agrees to the challenge, members take part in a mini competition that more often than not involves some kind of sticky, slimy liquid. The team with the most points at the end of the regulation competition earns the chance to enter the obstacle course, where members must use their athleticism and determination to secure flags in exchange for cool prizes.
Is it any good?
While no team goes home empty-handed, be prepared for some heartbreaking frowns and grimaces as kids watch their parents fumble around and lose the competition. Think of it as an opportunity to point out that even though the team lost, they tried their best and are still a family of winners.
Overall, Double Dare 2000 is a fun, action-filled game show that families can watch together -- amid all the slime are some good messages about family togetherness. Just don't be too surprised if your kids suggest pie fights after watching the show, or if you discover that your family room has been turned into a temporary obstacle course.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different dynamics of each team. Although the situations are far from ordinary (most families don't team up in everyday life to throw pies and smash slime-filled balloons), the message about the importance of family cooperation is clear. How can families face problems together? How does cooperation benefit a group? Is winning really the most important aspect of a competition? If not, what is?
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