Escape Club

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Over-the-top reality has innuendo, smoking, language.

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Positive Messages

Plenty of negative messages including that escape is the way to deal with feeling unfulfilled in work and life. The competitive nature of the show also brings out the worst in people, with backstabbing, rude behavior, and lots of over-the-top sexy behavior designed, in part, to pit folks against others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some folks are feeling bored or unfulfilled by their jobs and lives. Some are well-educated but don't want to pursue the career they're trained for; others are dissatisfied with what they're doing in their lives. None seems like a decent role model.


Cast members argue, yell, threaten acts of violence (such as stabbing each other with eating utensils), and throw things at each other. 


Some sexual innuendo, lewd behavior. Women are shown in skimpy bikinis; nudity (bare bottoms) is blurred. Women are referred to as "sluts" and "hos."  A cast member is a male stripper; another does Web porn. 


Frequent language with stronger words such as "s--t" bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, hard liquor, cocktails, shots, champagne) is frequent. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Escape Club is a voyeuristic reality elimination series that features lots of over-the-top behavior, including endless catty arguments (which lead to threats and things being thrown), bleeped cursing, strong innuendo, sexist references, blurred nudity, and occasional lewd behavior. Cigarette smoking is sometimes visible, and there's lots of drinking, too. It also sends troubling messages about taking responsibility for your life.

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What's the story?

ESCAPE CLUB is a reality competition featuring a group of young adults trying to figure out how to have the lives they want while enjoying a blissful month in paradise. Twelve twentysomethings are invited to a tropical paradise for 30 days to escape from what they believe are their boring, unfulfilled lives. But they soon discover that they're there to compete for the opportunity to have all their bills paid for one year. While they plot and scheme to vote out their fellow escapees in between enjoying the sandy beaches, yacht trips, and romantic liaisons, their fantasy world begins to collide with the lives they left behind.

Is it any good?

From a disgruntled waitress and a bored corporate drone to a wealthy woman and unemployed college graduates, the young adults in Escape Club are trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life by enjoying a luxurious, high-end lifestyle in a temporary and somewhat artificial environment. The show highlights how immature and narcissistic many of these people are and what they're willing to do to win a year of not having to be responsible for their own livelihoods. 

The criteria the cast uses to eliminate each other from the contest isn't made clear. The result is endless bickering and lots of catty, over-the-top dramatic confrontations. Meanwhile, despite the occasional reference to cast members wanting to "grow up," there are no real life lessons being taught here about the work, sacrifice, and commitment it takes to do so. Some reality fans will enjoy this as a voyeuristic pleasure, but there isn't much else here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the challenges that come with finding direction in one's life. What constructive things can you do to figure out the direction your life should go? What happens when the things you want (or thought you wanted) to do in life don't work out? Is it ever too late to start over? 

  • If you had a chance to create your own reality show about some of these themes, what would it look like? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 8, 2014
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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