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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The hosts' comments occasionally include some mild sexual innuendo that will go over young viewers' head. The team uniforms are tight-fitting bodysuits.
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Words like "crap" and "hell" are sometimes heard.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One team, "The Beer Bellies," is proud of members' alcohol consumption. Occasional references to getting drunk or "smashed."
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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.
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.
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