A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The games challenge contestants to solve visual puzzles and retain information they’re shown or told.
The show promotes friendly competition and good sportsmanship, though there’s some potty humor (in the form of chairs that make a farting noise when contestants give a wrong answer, as well as in some of the questions).
Positive Role Models
The contestants are all good sports about the game’s outcome.
Products & Purchases
Contestants’ prizes (keyboards, karaoke machines, etc.) are detailed as part of the show, so sponsoring companies get plenty of mention.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game show makes it easy for kids to play along with the contestants, testing their listening comprehension and visual recollection skills in a series of puzzles and quizzes. Players are eliminated at the end of each of three rounds, but they're always good sports about their fate -- and about their slippery, messy exit down an oversized slide model of the ear canal. Aside from some recurrent potty humor (kids sit in chairs that make farting noises when their answer's wrong, etc.), there's little to worry about in this fast-paced game show.
Is It Any Good?
BrainSurge sticks to tradition when it comes to content -- its oversized set and use of slippery substances bring to mind the station's slime-covered classic Double Dare. Kids are sure to appreciate the messy nature of the entertainment, but parents will be most excited about the fact that the show's challenges actually do put kids' brain power to the test, and that it's easy for viewers at home to match wits with the contestants.
Despite some mild but recurring potty humor (in one level eliminated contestants are escorted away on a chair that makes farting noises), this fast-paced show is a fun, safe choice for grade-schoolers.
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