It's Worth What?
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they could watch this game show with older kids, but younger viewers might find the rules and format confusing and tiresome. In at least one episode, a contestant says the word "s--t" but it's bleeped. There are also some visible brand names as well as light sexual innuendo between contestants and the host.
What's the story?
Host Cedric the Entertainer walks contestants through a high-stakes guessing game in IT'S WORTH WHAT?, a hour-long game show that reveals the surprising value of unique objects -- from Roy Rogers' long-dead (and now stuffed) horse to hair plucked from the head of former President John F. Kennedy. In the end, players could win up to $1 million dollars for knowing which objects are the most expensive.
Is it any good?
It feels like Cedric the Entertainer is working overtime to make this overblown game show work, spouting the show's catch phrase -- "It's worth WHAAAAAAT?" -- more than a dozen times in the first episode alone. But even his unbridled enthusiasm can't make up for the series' shortcomings, or help viewers make much sense of the convoluted rules.
There's also a missed opportunity to educate viewers about the histories of the most interesting items, which would (pardon the pun) add some much-needed value.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the show's central theme -- value -- and how the marketplace determines an object's worth. What qualities propel an object into pricey territory? Is monetary value the only thing that matters?
Were you surprised about a particular item's value? How well do you think you'd do on the show?
Did the show spark your curiosity about a particular object or historical period? How might you go about learning more?