A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Customary game show greed and mild cattiness between contestants. Contestants are stereotyped by their professions, such as used car salesman or belly dancer.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The "chip girls" are tall, slinky models who hand out and pick up playing chips -- and that's it.
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Occasional "I'm screwed" or "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Commercials for Diet Pepsi Max -- the series' overall sponsor -- appear within the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a game show, which means contestants compete against each other for big money -- and sometimes the competition gets a little catty. Players are identified by their occupations, which can lead to some stereotyping about their relative intelligence. The show includes two minidress-wearing "chip girls" whose only role is to distribute and confiscate contestants' playing chips. Players will occasionally use mild profanity like "I'm screwed."
Is It Any Good?
Duel doesn't boast a unique style, instead blending a handful of familiar formats into a generally innocuous, if slow-going, show. Still, questions are tough enough that trivia buffs will be challenged, and they cover a wide range of topics -- from politics to celebrity facts -- offering a little something for everyone. And the fact that one person will win the huge final jackpot (more than $1.5 million) gives the show a real sense that there's something at stake.
The contestants come from a wide array of backgrounds, but the characterization of each tends toward the stereotypical. There's the used car salesman with an awkward haircut who identifies himself as a hillbilly, the Internet censor in nerdy glasses with a nervous laugh, the ATM technician from "the 'hood" who says things like "I was born ready," and so on. Host Mike Greenberg is surprisingly bland for a game show emcee, and the inclusion of the "chip girls" -- whose sole job is to remove contestants' chips from the playing table while wearing slinky minidresses -- is predictably sexist.
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