A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's format encourages contestants' greed by forcing them to risk their existing winnings for the chance to win even more. There's also a great deal of waste involved, as prizes (or replicas of prizes, as they're said to be) are sent tumbling off the building to smash into pieces when participants fail a challenge.
Positive Role Models
Most contestants are good sports in both victory and defeat.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but contestants who fail to meet the show's challenges are dropped off the edge of a 10-story building on a bungee cord.
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Frequent use of "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Non-cash prizes include cars, vacations, etc. -- with brands shown/mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, as with most game shows, contestants on Downfall are forced to gamble their winnings for the opportunity to score even more cash and prizes, so greed is often a factor in their decisions. Environmentally conscious viewers may also take issue with the show's wastefulness in sending "replicas" of unclaimed prizes (which look just like the real things) over the building's edge to smash into pieces. The show isn't meant for little kids, since most of the trivia will be over their heads, and very young ones might be startled by seeing people dropped off the building (via bungee cord) when they lose a challenge. That said, the quiz portion of the show is fun to play along with, so tweens and teens might enjoy the high-stakes game.
Is It Any Good?
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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