A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a competition, but the importance of teamwork, courage, determination, and strength are also major themes here. Stereotypes of different segments of the American population are reflected in some of the teams.
Positive Role Models
While all of the teams want to win, they also feel a sense of accomplishment by finishing each leg of the competition. A few have difficulty working with others and/or sharing in team responsibilities.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are visible in the hands of local warriors. The challenges faced by competitors are often dangerous. Arguments sometimes break out between team members.
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Strong language is fully bleeped, with mouths blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Ford Explorers are prominently featured throughout the show. Commercials for the vehicle are sometimes introduced as if they were part of the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this competition series contains some bleeped language (sometimes with mouths blurred) and arguing. Ford Explorers are prominently featured throughout the show. The series underscores the importance of teamwork, courage, strength, and determination. The cast is very diverse, but at times they reflect existing stereotypes about different social groups (fishermen, California girls, football players, etc.).
Is It Any Good?
Like most eco-series, Expedition Impossible offers lots of grueling challenges while showcasing the beautiful landscapes of a foreign country. It also features a colorful cast made up of people of many different ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations. However, some of the teams take on caricature-like qualities that underscore existing social stereotypes in order to create both humor and drama.
The show is full of exciting moments, especially when competitors overcome their greatest fears and/or unexpected obstacles to make it to the finish line. Watching some of the local culture is interesting, too. Folks who like this sort of thing definitely won't be disappointed.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.