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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Go-Big Show is a talent show at heart, but focuses on recognizing one's unique gifts and using them to persevere through hardship.
Positive Role Models
Performers on Go-Big Show exhibit resilience, tenacity, generosity, and bravery in addition to each of their unique skills.
Violence & Scariness
Mild violence sometimes comes up during the performances: a sword-swallower mimes stabbing a judge; a magician pretends to stick a sword through his assistant; etc.
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Moderate profanity is used throughout and includes "goddamn," "hell," "ass," etc. "F--k" and other more severe uses of profanity are bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hard alcohol is consumed in some of the acts. Marijuana use and getting high are frequently talked and joked about.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Go-Big Show is a talent show/variety show that features circus performers, stunt performers, and other performances that could be considered weird or extreme. The show is a bit of a mixed bag. Some performances are clearly meant to be family-friendly, and there are parents and young children shown in the audience. However, other aspects of the show are meant for more mature viewers. The judges drink hard alcohol and talk about smoking marijuana. There are some profane, half bleeped-out tirades, and mild violence is seen in some acts. There's a lot of playing with fire. There are a couple things the show does well that could have a positive impact on younger viewers. Performers talk a lot about safety and the amount of work it takes to be able to perform the dangerous stunts without injury. Performers also talk about how they discovered and honed their unique talents, as well as how those talents have helped them cope with adversity in their own lives.
Is It Any Good?
Circus acts, magic, and stunt work have a difficult time translating to television. Viewers are so used to special effects and camera trickery that it's tough to suspend disbelief. They depend on a live audience. Because of this, Go-Big Show is immediately at a disadvantage. They can't even have an in-house live audience at the moment, so instead friends and family members watch the acts on a big screen in a drive-in theater. The competition does a great job bringing in fun performers and telling their stories, but things that would be awe-inspiring live are naturally flatter on the screen. Like other TV talent shows, Go-Big Show is dependent on the reactions from its judges to sell just how good the acts are, so a good amount of the show is celebrities (okay, mostly Snoop Dogg) mugging for the camera.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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