Parents' Guide to

Hollywood Game Night

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Celebs compete (and drink) in zesty, loose game show.

TV NBC Game Shows 2013
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Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2):

Primetime game shows featuring funny people were a staple of 1950s TV, and the genre made a comeback in the 1970s, with shows like The Match Game and Hollywood Squares holding down hallowed spots in family-night viewing schedules. Since that time, game shows have gotten both more serious (think Who Wants to be a Millionaire) and more reality-show-ish (think Big Brother). So a throwback like Hollywood Game Night, with famous faces playing goofy games, stands out and seems fresh. Plus, it's tailor-made to the viewing tastes of fortyish parents who remember how funny Richard Dawson and Gene Rayburn were in their youth and want to recapture that game-show fun with their own kids.

Jane Lynch is certainly a loose-limbed and quick-witted host, plus she's honest with her contestants. "You guys were terrible at that game," she admonishes one team who made a poor showing. "Just awful! Go sit down!" Hey, that's what we wanted to say, here on the couch. Ha, that's funny! The celebrities featured on Hollywood Game Night are ones you like: Kristen Bell, Lisa Kudrow, Fred Armisen, and the atmosphere is fizzy and late-night wild: contestants dance with each other, they hold each other's arms so they can't push the buzzer, they insult each other's hair. The silly banter mixed with fun games such as identifying celebrity portraits painted by elementary-school children all adds up to a fun laugh-out-loud hour that's great for family viewing, provided that parents don't mind the onscreen drinking.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 11, 2013
  • Cast: Jane Lynch
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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