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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Greed, waste trip up high-stakes game show.

TV ABC Game Shows 2010
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This high-stakes game show is hosted by pro wrestler Chris Jericho, whose exuberant personality is a perfect match for the series' extreme nature. Downfall's concept takes the traditional game show to a new level (100 feet up, to be exact), since it's impossible to believe that watching expensive prizes (and in some cases, people, as the contestants must bring a willing supporter to ride the belt and also risk dropping by bungee) literally escape your grasp wouldn't affect your ability to answer trivia questions.

Unfortunately, the show's positive points are obscured by its surprising tolerance of waste. While those in charge claim that the doomed prizes that take a nosedive off the building are actually replicas of the real things, it's still hard to stomach watching these "fake" dishes, tables, and cars tumble into oblivion. Greed is also a concern, since the contestants essentially are betting their winnings for a chance to take home more. Still, although the show isn't for little kids, families with tweens and teens might enjoy pitting their own trivia knowledge against each other -- and the contestants'.

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