Go for the Green

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Game show saves the planet, one round at a time.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series provides interesting, educational information about living green, environmentalism, and other related topics. There's some mildly competitive behavior between players.

Violence
Sex
Language

Occasional plays on words like "dam."

Consumerism

At the end of each episode, there's some information about the winner's trip and the company who sponsors it. Runners-up receive DVDs from the Discovery Channel that are briefly but prominently displayed at the end of the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some questions deal with the "green" production of alcohol. These questions sometimes lead to some mild drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game show is full of facts about green living and other environmental issues. It's pretty mild, but there are occasional references to drinking and other humor that isn't really appropriate for young kids. Older tween and teen environmentalists are more likely to find it entertaining and informative.

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What's the story?

GO FOR THE GREEN is a fun, informative, triva-based game show. Host Tom Green begins each episode by asking the live studio audience (all of whom are potential contestants) questions about green facts in order to narrow the group down to six players. The remaining contestants try to survive the second round by successfully answering queries that focus on American environmental issues. Two finalists then duel it out in the "chain game," in which each must string environmentally oriented facts in the correct historical order as fast as possible. The lucky winner gets an exotic "green" vacation.

Is it any good?

This fast-paced edutainment series offers lots of interesting facts about green living, conservation, and international environmental efforts. Witha focus on educating viewers about environmental issues, Green offers interesting bits of trivia between each round of play and even highlights some of the green design on the show's set.

But while the series is pretty tame, there are some mildly iffy moments, including a play on the word "dam," occasional drinking references, and some minor bathroom humor. And young kids frankly may not get too excited about the show, either. But older tweens and teens interested in green living and/or trivia will find the series worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways that TV shows can effectively combine education and entertainment. Are shows like this one an effective way to teach viewers about environmentalism? How else can the media be used to address these issues? Families can also discuss some of the significant historical moments that have had a major environmental impact on our planet.

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