A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contenders are competing for a cash prize and notoriety; the show sends the message that they should stop at nothing to get it. There's some boasting and occasional hostile exchanges. Fallen gladiators sometimes antagonize their competitors amidst cheering fans. All contenders are congratulated for their sportsmanship.
Violence & Scariness
The competition requires contenders to push, grab, wrestle, and avoid being knocked into the water by padded sticks and giant swinging balls; the challenges highlight athletic skill rather than violence. All contestants wear protective gear during challenges. Minor injuries (scratches, bruises) are occasionally sustained by the competitors. The gladiators have names like "Destroyer," "Predator," and "Battleaxe."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo -- including references to women having "balls" -- that will likely go over young kids' head. The Gladiator named "Spartan" is known as "the flirt in a skirt" and is often referred to as a "pretty boy." The gladiators wear lots of skin-revealing clothing to highlight their muscled physique; the women also highlight their cleavage. Female contestants wear midriff-bearing sports attire.
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Occasionally mild language like "hell" is used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like its American counterpart this game show -- in which people compete in very physical challenges for a $100,000 prize while being pitted against extremely athletic gladiators -- includes bouts in which participants push, shove, and wrestle each other. But overall the experience is more athletic than it is violent (that said, remind kids who watch that they shouldn't try any of these events at home). There's also lots of false bravado as participants try to antagonize one another, and the gladiators wear tight, skin-revealing outfits intended to highlight their well-toned physiques.
Is It Any Good?
The series combines the power and grace of elite athleticism with some of the dramatic spectacle usually reserved for professional wrestling matches. But unlike the WWE, these British "glamazons" are slightly more poised. With names like "Tempest," "Inferno," and "Oblivion" -- and tight, skin-revealing outfits to match -- they're reminiscent of both ancient Roman fighters and comic book characters. As a result, it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement when mere mortals battle it out with these almost super-human beings.
But while the fantasy behind the show may be fun, the competitors seem willing to attempt almost anything to win the title and the cash. Some of the false bravado and antagonism between the gladiators and the competitors doesn't set the best example for kids (who should also be reminded that trying any of the TV stunts at home can be very dangerous). It's definitely a little rough, but kids who like this sort of thing and who are mature enough to handle it will most likely find it very entertaining.
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