Hole in the Wall

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Quirky game show is full of clumsy but funny moments.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Some participants' weight is a source of subtle ridicule. On the plus side, teams must work together to succeed, and participants are both male and female and from various racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants often appear silly and clumsy as they jump through walls for cash prizes. Some of the host's comments about contestants border on being insulting. 


Contestants get knocked, roughly, into a pool of water by a moving barrier. Occasionally they smash into the foam wall and break it. They wear safety gear.


The hosts' comments occasionally include some mild sexual innuendo that will go over young viewers' head. The team uniforms are tight-fitting bodysuits.


Words like "crap" and "hell" are sometimes heard.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One team, "The Beer Bellies," is proud of members' alcohol consumption. Occasional references to getting drunk or "smashed."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, as in the original Japanese series it's based on, this game show's entertainment value comes from watching contestants awkwardly contort their bodies to try to fit through holes cut out of a moving barrier -- only to get swept into a pool of water when they fail. Contestants often look clumsy, but unlike earlier versions of the show they look like they are genuinely having fun. Although the stunts seem pretty harmless, remind kids that trying them may lead to serious injury.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 14, 2012

This show is a piece of garbage!

MORE LIVE ACTION CRAP?! What in the world is wrong with you Cartoon Network! This show is really lame! THANK GOD they canceled this!
Parent of a 1 and 8-year-old Written bySteffauri516 July 21, 2011

Boring show, fails to entertain young ones :/

I'm not sure what's going on with CARTOON Network having all of these hackneyed "live action" shows all of a sudden, but by daughter really... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 1, 2015

YAY! More boring crap from CN!

This show, while not as bad as Uncle Grandpa or Clarence, is still a load of pointless crap. All it is, literally, is people posing while going through styrofoa... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byReviewsandFun8910 August 10, 2013

Worst game show ever.

Hole in the Wall is so pointless. The plot is just awkward and it goes NOWHERE. This is not a show, it is just further proof that CN is running out of ideas. CN... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on a Japanese game show, HOLE IN THE WALL has a simple premise: Two teams of three people dressed in spandex and helmets try to contort their bodies to fit through shapes cut out in a large wall that's moving toward them. Teams gain or lose points based on their ability to clear the moving barrier; those who fail to clear a hole also get swept into a pool of water. The team that accumulates the most points after four rounds wins the coveted Hole in the Wall trophy. They also get a chance to play a final round for a chance to be immortalized on the show's wall of fame.

Is it any good?

This stunt-based game show almost looks like a live-action version of the video game Tetris as the players attempt to fit into openings of various shapes and sizes. But unlike the electronic version, this game is more about watching people awkwardly shift their bodies and get shoved into water by the moving barrier.

Unlike earlier versions of the show, the series aims at being family friendly by featuring teams of parents and children. While there is some competitive behavior, everyone on the show seems to be genuinely having fun. The overall humor isn't intended to be insulting, either. It's not the most intelligent of shows, but viewers will probably find themselves laughing at some of the antics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what drives people to participate in game shows -- particularly those that make them look silly and/or clumsy. Is it just for the prizes, or is it for the chance to be on television? Do you think these kinds of shows ever go too far?

  • Discuss why some Japanese game shows remain popular on television. What makes them different from American game shows? Are the U.S. versions of these shows different from the originals? How? Are any American game shows exported to Japan?

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