Expedition Impossible

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Intense eco-competition with lots of teamwork, advertising.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


Guns are visible in the hands of local warriors. The challenges faced by competitors are often dangerous. Arguments sometimes break out between team members.


Strong language is fully bleeped, with mouths blurred.


Ford Explorers are prominently featured throughout the show. Commercials for the vehicle are sometimes introduced as if they were part of the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.).

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Teen, 13 years old Written byi<3ferb September 1, 2011

Awful, Boring, Lame

The people are weak on this show, the people are complete wimps who struggle with every challenge! If you want a good show- watch the Amazing Race. Not only is... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous August 5, 2011

Better than the Amazing Race!

This show is really good and awesome. If you think it's just a cheap knockoff of the Amazing Race, then you've never watched this show.

What's the story?

In EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE, 13 groups of three players must use teamwork, courage, and character to successfully race across grueling terrain. During each stage of the competition, the teams must travel hundreds of miles across desert sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, raging rivers, and rocky cliffs. They must also complete a series of challenges at each checkpoint. The last team to complete each stage of the journey is eliminated. The team who completes the final stage first wins $150,000 and three new SUVs.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about series like this one. What exactly is an eco-competition? Why are they so popular? Is it the remote locations? The challenges? Or is it the people who participate in them that make them entertaining?

  • Reality shows are often used to market goods and services to viewers. What other kinds of strategies do advertisers use to reach audiences? Parents: What can you do to keep your kids from being easy targets?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 23, 2011
  • Cast: Dave Salmoni
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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