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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Floor Is Lava is a family-friendly game show based on the classic kids' imagination game. Teams must maneuver their way across a tricky obstacle course for a cash prize; if they end up in the "lava," they're out. Contestants fall and bang into things as they compete, but no one gets seriously hurt. Expect occasional mild jokes about things like Tinder dating and injuring genitalia, but most of it is likely to fly over the heads of younger viewers. This show is breezy, goofy fun -- perfect for taking a break from the real world.
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What's the story?
Inspired by the popular children’s game, FLOOR IS LAVA is a game show where people try to make their way through an obstacle course without falling into "lava." Three teams of three individually enter a basement room flooded with 80,000 gallons of red liquid "lava" and must make their way through a challenging obstacle course to reach the exit. Contestants must climb, leap, knock over objects, and use items they find along the way to create viable ways of getting across. The longer they take, the harder it gets. If someone falls in, they are eliminated. Those who make it across earn a point for their team. After the three rounds, the team with the most points that completed it the fastest wins $10K and a lava lamp. Host Rutledge Wood follows each race, offering his colorful commentary.
Is it any good?
This wacky series offers some surprisingly fun entertainment as viewers watch teams try to work together in a silly but physically challenging obstacle course. While the objective of the game is simple, the teams create some funny moments while trying to acheive their goal. Meanwhile, Rutledge Wood’s comments are also chuckle-worthy, especially during the slow-motion replays of people jumping and disappearing into the lava. If you’re looking for some mindless entertainment that will inspire some laughs, Floor Is Lava will not disappoint.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what inspires people to appear on game shows that can potentially make them look silly. Given that Floor Is Lava doesn’t offer a huge cash prize, is it possible that contestants more interested in having fun than winning money?
What children’s games have inspired game shows over the years? Do you have a favorite one? Is there a game you play that you’d like to see adapted to television?
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