Parents' Guide to

Fear Factor

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Retread of the gross-out reality competition is a bit tamer.

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Fear Factor

I don't like Fear Factor. It is very appalling. There is swearing, nudity, people making bad comments about others, the MC guy is not very nice to the contestants. The contestants have a bad ego and feel they can complete the task and often fail. It is not family friendly at all. The money is not worth when morals are at stake. There is none. If the contestants have to eat the food, so should the producers. I doubt they have. Think how you are negatively affecting society. No wonder the world is the way it is. There is no appropriate age.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+
This show may be a bit tamer than its predecessor, but that doesn't make the show right.

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In an age when YouTube challenges are all the rage, this remake has a bit more relevance and appeal for teen and tweens than the original. And though Fear Factor can't boast much in the way of educational content or positive social-emotional lessons (despite a lot of blather about contestants bravely facing their fears), it could be worse. Whereas the 2001-2006 Fear Factor was famous for asking contestants to guzzle down donkey sperm, jump off buildings, or eat the eyeballs and/or testicles of many animal varieties, the newly refurbished stunts are designed to target the fears of younger viewers -- so expect to see challenges involving Slenderman, smart phones, or stunts inspired by Five Nights at Freddy's.

Even though viewers are warned throughout the show not to try stunts at home, parents may wish to make sure that younger kids don't get a chance to watch, as they may be tempted to try some dangerous things. Teens and tweens, though, could do worse for mindless entertainment -- though this show is ridiculous, at least it's not degrading or cruel.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 30, 2017
  • Cast: Ludacris
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: December 16, 2022

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