TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Extreme game show will delight action fans.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Both boys and girls compete equally.

Violence & Scariness

Just the risks associated with extreme sports. Contestants always wear helmets and protective gear.

Sexy Stuff

Prizes are all brand-name items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this action-sport game show features extreme physical challenges like obstacle courses, climbing, and jumping off ledges -- exactly the kind of thing kids need to be reminded not to try on their own at home. Both boys and girls compete equally, which gives young viewers a good example of diversity in athletic competition.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymrguyguy June 21, 2016

D-d-d-d-did they have the GUTS to make a good gameshow?

Yes, they did! Nickelodeon may be horrible today but back then they had the GUTS to make good shows! I would recommend it to the whole family to watch!
Adult Written byChuck Reid March 16, 2012

Please put this on The 90s Are All That!

This show is perfect for all ages! It has positive role models.The contestents i'll ALWAYS look up to!
Kid, 12 years old April 15, 2019


This show is hosted by actor Mike O'Malley and actress Moira 'Mo' Quirk. GUTS is where kids can 'live out their sports fantasies'. The... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMitchell Charleston May 11, 2013

Cool game show.

GUTS is a great game show from the 90s. It was awesome. I loved the plot and most of the contestants were very talented. 'Nuff said.

What's the story?

Hosted by Mike O'Malley and Moira Quirk, GUTS is a classic Nickelodeon game show that throws out the standard trivia-question format in favor of sports, competition, and action. In each episode, three tween competitors face off in extreme-sports challenges like obstacle courses and one-on-one duels. Challenges usually involve climbing tall heights and jumping off ledges, but contestants always wear helmets and protective gear. After three rounds, the player with the highest standing attempts to scale a large climbing course known as the \"Aggro Crag.\" If the player succeeds, he or she receives a glowing piece of the crag as a trophy.

Is it any good?

GUTS is different from many other sports competition series and game shows because it mixes male and female athletes together -- and the female players often win. This sets a good example for young athletes, who see that both men and women can excel in sports. GUTS also promotes good sportsmanship, because all of the contestants get a medal at the end of the episode and are applauded for their efforts.

Overall, GUTS is a fine choice for young athletes, especially those who are into skateboarding, rock climbing, and fast-paced action sports. Even though the show is old (it originally ran from 1992 to 1995 and still airs in repeats), the action has remained just as exciting. GUTS is an entertaining, positive outlet for action-minded viewers -- just make sure that they know that extreme sports like these always require a helmet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being a good sport. What is good sportsmanship? What's bad sportsmanship? What does being part of a team teach you? What kind of behavior should people demonstrate when they compete?

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