A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Both boys and girls compete equally.
Violence & Scariness
Just the risks associated with extreme sports. Contestants always wear helmets and protective gear.
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Products & Purchases
Prizes are all brand-name items.
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.
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.
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