TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Troubling game show uses torture techniques for laughs.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Presents causing pain to others as a fun and ultimately harmless act. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants appear willing to participate in challenges and laugh at others' pain. They are often fearful during challenges. 


Contestants are subjected to a range of punishments, including mild electric shocks delivered in various ways, being spun around and getting their heads dunked in water, having fingers snapped in a mouse trap, being shot at by a paint rifle, have hot wax poured on them, etc. In some cases protective gear is worn. Sometimes people shriek or yelp, but no one is permanently injured.


Expletives are cut off or drowned out by other noise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flinch is a British game show that shows people who participate in potentially dangerous stunts and receive painful but tolerable punishments (electric shocks, having hot wax poured on them, getting snapped by mousetraps, etc.) when they react, or "flinch." Occasionally protective gear is worn, and no one suffers permanent injuries, but contestants are shown yelping in pain while others laugh. Viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try anything they see here at home. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnonymos June 27, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byCars0n July 1, 2020

This show is amazing

This show is really good but it is kind of violent so I recommend waiting until your kid is about 5 to watch it but other wise this is a great show and you shou... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 22, 2019

Not Violent

Before I say anything I'm going to tell you a fact, in the beginning of each show there's a statement that says that none of the equitment they use w... Continue reading

What's the story?

FLINCH is a British reality competition where people must avoid reacting to stressful or scary situations in order to avoid pain. Set on an Irish farm, presenters Seann Walsh, Lloyd Griffith, and Desiree Burch choose contestants to play on their behalf. Each player must participate in a series of challenges that present unexpected or frightening moments, during which they must avoid flinching. Every time a player reacts during their particular challenge, a quick and painful punishment, such as being quickly shocked with a cattle prod or being dunked in icy dirty water, is administered. A point is also given to the corresponding host. At the end of the episode, the host with the most points must endure their own flinch challenge. 

Is it any good?

This silly and unecessarily brutal series features people trying to keep themselves from reacting to a barrage of challenges specifically designed to be unnerving. While some of these challenges may remind viewers of those featured on Fear Factor, others just seem a bit weird. However, the real draw to the show is watching people endure the punishments. Granted, the pain inflicted by acts such as pouring hot candle wax on a contestant's hands and legs or snapping a mousetrap on one's fingers appears more uncomfortable than intolerable. But it's never made clear why contestants are putting themselves through this, which makes the satisfaction the audience is presumably supposed to feel as a result borderline sadistic. Some people may find it funny, but overall, Flinch is a socially irresponsible series that has the potential to do more harm than good. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about entertainment. What makes something entertaining? Are there things that are entertaining but don't feel right? 

  • Game show participants often put themselves through crazy or painful stunts for money, prizes, or bragging rights. What do contestants on Flinch get for doing this? What messages does the show send? 

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