Floor Is Lava

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly game show has leaps, spills, and laughs.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

The game is meant to be fun. Teams have to work together and cooperate to get across.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants come from all walks of life. Most appear physically fit. They are competitive, but appear to have fun. 

Violence & Scariness

People leap, bang into things, and fall and disappear into the lava. People occasionally seek to avenge the "death" of a person who falls to his/her/their elimination, but this is more funny than violent. 

Sexy Stuff

There are occasional quick references to dating, Tinder, and hurting your genitals during the game. All of this is more funny than sexual, and will probably go over kids' heads. 


The overall language is mild, but words like "butt" and "screw" are occasionally uttered during the competition.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPhil2282 July 4, 2020

Good for parent and kids to enjoy together

This has been great to watch with my older boys (4 and 6). The first show we’ve watched together and all (including me) actually enjoyed! I think the boys were... Continue reading
Adult Written by91RzZWnmwFL._AC... June 25, 2020

Funny, But not for kids.

I think this should be for teens age 13 and up, because it has adult content, talk of netflix and chill, they say a__, sh__, da__, and others.
Kid, 9 years old June 28, 2020

Let kids play!!

I think that kids should play, because it would be good exrcise and bonding time, and it would be fun and i think the kids depending on age should get a trip to... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 28, 2021

Guess this up

Hey i don't mind its silliness but i guess its not to bad...for me but im sure other families would like its attractive action minded teens.

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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