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Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Teens' feats of courage promote teamwork, self-confidence.

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This fast-paced show hosted by Geno Segers and Laura Hamilton plays to kids' sense of adventure, mixing in a little dose of Fear Factor-style ickiness (rats, bugs, and goo, albeit in a much smaller doses) for fun. The challenges are the real thing when it comes to making the teens push through their fears, but the competitors prove time and again that they're up for the tasks, demonstrating strength of character and a willingness to take one (or plenty) for the team.

Beyond illustrating the benefits of positive teamwork, Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge also reminds viewers that it's a team's individual components that make it strong. While one teen might excel in physical strength and another is unfazed by heights, for example, it's also important to respect another's sense of strategy or leadership qualities. Although the teams are male-dominant, they do include girls as well, and there's no distinction -- and no obvious advantage -- between the genders when competitors face off. None of the show's content is concerning for grade-schoolers, although younger kids might get anxious over some of the ickier or more frightening challenges.

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