By KJ Dell Antonia,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cult '80s game show: Trash rooms, find stuff, win.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's made pretty clear that the show isn't encouraging viewers to tear up rooms in their real house.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one of the hosts of this series pretty clearly hated his job and was prone to having fun at the expense of his colleagues, his writers, and occasionally his kid "guests." Younger kids won't notice, but older ones may smell the sense of failure and pity the guy. The room-trashing example the show sets is a bit iffy, but it's made pretty clear that kids shouldn't try it at home.
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What's the Story?
The premise of FINDERS KEEPERS gets increasingly wacky as kid contestants go from finding hidden pictures to trashing whole set rooms in search of hidden objects. What kid wouldn't like smashing vases with impunity?
Is It Any Good?
This series was filmed in the late '80s, when Nick was in its infancy, reality TV was just a gleam in Jeff Probst's eye, and kids weren't nearly as media savvy as they are today -- and it shows. The contestants' naivete is refreshing and might even spark a conversation with older kids -- what's changed?
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about who should win -- for example, was the red team really first in that round? They can also discuss the importance of smart strategy. Should the team figure out the clues first, so they know what they're looking for, or just trash the room and hope they find it?
- Premiere date: November 2, 1987
- Cast: Lawrence H. Toffler, Wesley Eure
- Network: NICK GAS
- Genre: Game Shows
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: March 1, 2022
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