A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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