Parents' Guide to

Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Just-OK zombie-escape show is for YouTube fans only.

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YouTube-wild tweens and teens will want to watch just to catch their favorite really-small-screen stars in action, but the show is more "meh" than "wow." First of all, the hospital where the action takes place is so dark -- for dramatic effect? -- and the video feed so low-resolution that it's pretty hard to tell what's going on. You see a jumble of bodies and hear a jumble of voices, and it's often unclear exactly what's going on, who's a zombie, and who's doing what to whom. Add to that Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88's low stakes -- players are playing for bragging rights alone, and they're never in a minute of real danger -- and the whole endeavor seems a bit toothless.

Nonetheless, fans of YouTubers such as Shanna Malcolm and Dennis Roady will want to watch just to see what they're like "in real life." And unless kids are very young or easily frightened, letting them is fine. The show's setups are clearly inspired by The Walking Dead, while faux industrial videos from a mythical agency called Con Op are cribbed from Lost; contestants predictably go to pieces when they can't find the way out of a room, get lost, or are subjected to a challenge such as having to find a key hidden in a bucket of bloody, hacked-off limbs. Adults will find it tedious and hackneyed; young viewers, who haven't seen all the show's source material, may be mildly entertained, especially if they like one of the participants.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 17, 2016
  • Network: YouTube
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 29, 2017

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