Parents' Guide to

Estate of Panic

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Contestants endure icky tasks in quest for cash.

TV Syfy Game Shows 2008
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Some game shows reward intelligence, while others play on sheer luck -- but the concept that seems to have become popular in recent years offers people the chance to win money based on how much pain, humiliation, or grossness they're willing to endure. Call it the Fear Factor effect. That's the model for this show, with its clever -- but very uncomfortable -- challenges. There's no doubt that plenty of work went into creating these sets, which recreate the spooky vibes found in the best (and worst) haunted house films. And the challenges are indeed challenging, unlike some game shows in which the winners just happen to spin the wheel the right way or strike it rich with a lucky guess.

But shows like this one also significantly change the viewing experience. Game shows once played on aspirations, with viewers wishing they knew enough about, say, the Renaissance to correctly answer a Final Jeopardy! question, or that they were lucky enough to win on The Price Is Right. But in Estate of Panic, many viewers will have the opposite reaction, being glad they don't have to stick their hand in a vat of slithering insects to dig up a $100 bill. And perhaps there's something unseemly about this concept, with the contestants getting paid to do something the viewers won't, making them more like hired performers. It's a different type of entertainment, and something that definitely won't be appealing to some viewers.

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