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Hyperdrive (2019)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fast, fun racing obstacle course competition for cars.

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Positive Messages

Car racing and winning is the goal, but the racers’ passion for the sport is a major theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Drivers are male and female, and from all walks of life. Fellow racers watch and cheer for each other.

Violence

The cars are fast, the obstacle courses are extremely dangerous, and cars get damaged. Safety measures are taken at all times. 

Sex
Language

Words like "damn" are audible, but curses are fully bleeped. 

Consumerism

Ford, Chevy, and other makes and models of cars are featured. Drivers feature logos on their cars, jackets, and helmets for their teams, clubs, and sponsors. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hyperdrive is an amateur race car competition series that features lots of high-speed driving through spectacular (and potentially dangerous) obstacle courses. Safety gear is used, but crashes do still happen. There’s some strong language and bleeped cursing, too. Makes and models of cars (Ford Mustangs, Chevys, etc.) are featured, and drivers feature logos for their teams and sponsors on their cars, clothing, and helmets. That said, the series also offers some positive, heartwarming moments. It’s family-friendly, and no doubt that young car enthusiasts will gravitate towards it, but drivers of all ages are reminded to never try any of these stunts on their own. 

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What's the story?

Co-produced by Charlize Theron, HYPERDRIVE is a competition series featuring amateur car racers competing against each other to be crowned the ultimate underground racer. Drivers from across the globe drive their custom built machines on 10 over-the-top obstacle courses spread across 100 acres. As they make their way through each over-the-top obstacle, their spotter helps them navigate each course from the observation box. Pre-recorded profiles of each of the racers are also featured, giving audiences an idea of what inspires them to do what they do. Offering commentary throughout are Fox Sports’ Mike Hill and Lindsay Czarniak, Top Gear USA’s Rutledge Wood, and former MMA fighter Michael Bisping. 

Is it any good?

Each episode of this fun, adrenaline-inducing series features off-the-grid drivers competing against each other in obstacle courses designed to test their cars and driving prowess. Amping it up are flashy Ninja Warrior-like courses, revving engines, and some Fast & Furious-type vehicle action featured in slow motion. But while Hyperdrive offers some of the edginess that the sport is known for, the racers appear pleasant and sincere as they cheer their competition on. Some of their backstories are also touching, which contributes to the overall sense of warmheartedness. Nonetheless, these drivers have something to prove, and are doing it as entertainingly as possible. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sports car racing. What is the difference between the races featured here NASCAR races? What is an off-the-grid racer? A Drifter? 

  • Despite the fact that Hyperdrive features female racers, most of the drivers are men. What does this tell us about the sport? Do you think there will come a time when women will be represented equally in sports car racing?

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