A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about teamwork, family, and supporting one another.
Positive Role Models
Contestants show encouragement, creativity, and humility.
There's diversity among its contestants, but the show's focus is nearly always on hosts Bell and Shepard.
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Violence & Scariness
Very low-level slapstick like contestants getting hit with pies in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Limited to some kissing and light innuendo ("our second-favorite thing to do in bed").
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Hosts Shepard and Bell occasionally use profanity substitutes, like saying the letter "S" to mean "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Contestants play for money, not prizes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Family Game Fight is a game show starring Kristen Bell (The Good Place) and Dax Shepard (Parenthood), who host and compete alongside contestants. Two four-person "families" (which can mean actual families or just groups of friends) compete against one another in a series of games, most of which involve guessing words or objects. Bell and Shepard participate in the games as well, and sometimes the games even consist of the real-life couple playing while the contestants simply guess at how well they'll do. When contestants get answers wrong, the consquences often involve Nickelodeon-style pranks like having ice dropped on their heads or taking pies to the face.
Is It Any Good?
Someone has vastly overestimated the charisma of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Family Game Night is less of a game show and more of a showcase for the real-life couple, who participate as well as host. So the winners are determined not by contestants' skills, but by how well their hosts perform at a particular challenge. There are times when Bell and Shepard play the games, mug for the camera, and run through some dinner party-type banter, while the contestants just have to sit back and just guess how well they'll do.
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.