Parents' Guide to

Fear Factor

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sensationalism and greed mark stunt-filled reality series.

TV NBC Reality TV 2001
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+


The episode I watched tonight where LA verges NY. It wasnt done fair when they did the stunt to win the 2 motorcycles. The LA participants had duct tape PUT on their wrists behind their backs and around their ankles with bothe legs together, they had to use their teeth to get it off the hands, free them, take it off their ankles and take it off their partner. You could see that on the NY participants, the duct tape was not completely taped down as it was on the LA participants and they( NY) participants were able to easily get it a loose faster and win the bikes.bthis was not fair and if you see the tape you will see the duct tape UP MAKING it easy for them to get loose and they should not receive the bikes, the LA team deserves them because they WERE DEFINATELY cheated out of them. I watch this every night on TBD channel BEGINNING at 10:00 p.m.
age 18+

for no one, especially children

Although I've never seen this show, I've seen it advertised. Some of these stunts are so ill-advised that they are far beyond pathetic, such as vertical driving on the side of a building. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THIS SHOW!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The first thing you'll hear when you tune in to this extreme reality series is Rogan's voice-over warning viewers of the danger factor in what they're about to see and instructing them not to replicate the stunts. That goes without saying for grown-ups who recognize the real-life danger in these stunts, but if you're a kid and someone tells you not to do something, your natural instinct is to do just that, right? In other words, this show could have the opposite effect on kids, inspiring them to try even scaled-down versions of what they see. Couple this curiosity factor with some strong language and generally obnoxious players, and keeping kids away is a no-brainer.

While there is something to be said for witnessing people conquer their fears and emerge stronger from the experience, it's hard to say that that is what Fear Factor is all about. The show values sensationalism over personal achievement, and its contestants are chosen as much for their strong personalities as for their willingness to put themselves through such extreme stunts for the sake of greed. There's no denying that it's entertaining, but quality substance isn't a factor for this show.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 11, 2001
  • Cast: Joe Rogan
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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