Game On!

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Lively game show mixes comedy, sports, and silliness.

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Positive Messages

Most of the show’s themes revolve around sports in some way. The challenges are silly, but they're not designed to humiliate contestants. There is an element of teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverence at play. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are good sports, and no one is too competitive or out to humiliate anyone else. There is camraderie among the participants and everyone is there to have a good time.


Competitions include wrestling, water balloons exploding on people’s heads, people being held upside down, etc. but nothing really violent. 


Contestants engage in some mild flirtations, like showing off leg muscles. Some men are shirtless for specific competitions. Occasional jokes containing mild innuendo will go over the heads of young viewers. 


Logos for Monster Jam, Nike, etc. are visible during prerecorded parts of the show. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Game On! is a family-friendly game show that combines athleticism with comedy. Host Keegan-Michael Key is joined by team captains Venus Williams, NFL's Rob Gronkowski, and comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel, along with celebrity guests. Challenges include sumo wrestling matches, people being tied up and used as game pieces, and other goofy stunts. Occasional jokes feature innuendo that will go young kids’ heads, and sometimes men show off their muscles or are shirtless for specific rounds. Logos for Nike and other sports-related brands are visible during specific parts of the show.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat June 17, 2020

Um what?!

Ok this show makes no sense and is extremely boring and amp; annoying. Whoever made this flaming piece of nothing whom has never seen a game show before. Had on... Continue reading

What's the story?

Adapted from a popular British program hosted by James Corden, GAME ON! is a sports-themed game show featuring two squads of three competitors participating in a bunch of crazy challenges. It stars Venus Williams and Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski heading up teams consisting of a guest celebrity and comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel. Each side must try to earn the most points by beating the other in rounds of wacky physical challenges and sports-trivia competitions. The winning team gets bragging rights, and the losers are subjected to an awful stunt to celebrate their loss. Show host Keegan-Michael Key also joins the fray by participating in pre-recorded athletic activities with a comic spin.  

Is it any good?

From sumo wrestling to bungee basketball dunking, this lively competition is as much a comedy series as it is a game show. Many of the contests are designed to test strength, stamina, agility, and other athletic skills, and much of the excitement comes from appearances made by major celebs like Gabriel Iglesias, Demi Lovato, and NBA star JR Smith. However, the challenges seem goofy thanks to team members wearing funny costumes or being physically manipulated during the game. Meanwhile, there’s often so much going on at one time that some of the jokes miss their mark and fall flat as a result. But it’s not designed to humiliate, and no one takes it too seriously. If you are looking for some mindless entertainment, Game On! will certainly fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way Game On! mixes comedy into the TV game show format. Does the show’s formula offer a good balance of the two genres?

  • This series was adapted from an award-winning British TV show. What changes did they have to make to the concept in order to make it work for U.S. television?

  • What other competition reality shows can you think of that have an element of comedy?

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