A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's goal is to entertain, but the game's format does encourage some puzzle-solving and reasoning skills among those playing along.
This game show is non-competitive, forcing the panelists to work indirectly as a team to figure out the contestant's unique quality or skill. This is one venue in which being a little odd pays off, since the more off-the-wall the contestant's trait is, the more likely he is to win the game.
Positive Role Models
Kids take part in the game to show off a special talent, and their self-pride is evident when they perform to the praise of the celebrities on the panel.
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Products & Purchases
Company sponsors like Toys "R" Us, Busch Gardens, Nintendo, and VTech get multiple mentions when their product prizes are announced.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Figure It Out is a funny, fast-paced, "20 questions"-style game show that's appropriate for all ages. Viewers can play along as the celebrity panelists race the clock to guess the contestants' special talents or traits. The show puts regular kids and their notable skills in the spotlight, letting them be the star just for being themselves. Of course, it wouldn't be a game show without prizes, and sponsoring toy, game, and apparel companies as well as vacation locales get some air time for their involvement with the show.
Is It Any Good?
Like most game shows in the Nickelodeon family, Figure It Out is off-the-wall zany and iced by the channel's trademark green slime, which douses the celebs at various times during the show. For kids, the only thing better than watching their favorite TV stars in an unrehearsed setting like a game show is seeing them caught unawares by buckets of green goo, so this is sure to be a hit feature. Plus, the fact that the contestants are selected for the strangeness of their talents or traits (a boy with a Big Dipper of freckles on his back, or one who can milk a goat with his feet, for instance) helps with the silly factor, too.
As for the game itself, it's hardly a cerebral workout, but it does encourage players and viewers at home to think outside of the box and imagine scenarios beyond what they're used to. What's more, it's good, clean fun (well, except for the slime), and its basic premise can be replicated at home with family and friends when you host your own screen-free game night. Of course, the show's best quality just might be the fact that it celebrates kids' uniqueness in a very fun way.
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