A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive representation of socio-emotional skills like teamwork, friendship, and honest communication.
Contestants demonstrate being a good friend, standing up to peer pressure, working together as a team, and perseverance in overcoming challenges.
Positive Role Models
Contestants on the show come from diverse backgrounds and the show models friendships across race, gender, religion. Girls are shown as strong and capable, boys display emotional vulnerability. Characters succeed due to both physical strength and brainpower. When characters don't act with integrity, there are consequences in the competition.
Violence & Scariness
Some moments where contestants express mistrust or dislike towards other contestants; some mild mean behavior but it typically has negative consequences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions of characters having crushes on each other; physical affection includes holding hands, playing with each other's hair.
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Mild language like "screwed."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Karma is a feel-good reality competition TV show where kids age 12-15 compete for the title of "Karma Champion" and a $50,000 prize. The show features 18 aspirational teens from diverse backgrounds with varying interests and talents. They compete in Survivor-style physical and mental challenges, but they're never in any physical danger. Besides the ages of the contestants, another thing that separates this show from adult reality shows is that, in the words of YouTuber host Michelle Khare, this show is "not win at all costs, it's do good or go home." Players are rewarded for doing the right thing, because as the title suggests, what goes around comes around. The contestants on the show do engage in some mild drama and flirtation (because: teenagers), but they model talking through interpersonal conflicts with respect and openness.
Is It Any Good?
Similar to shows like Masterchef Junior and American Ninja Warrior, kids and parents will enjoy watching this wholesome reality show together. The contestants are great role models and show lots of perseverance as they overcome challenges. Kids will be inspired by seeing fellow young people succeeding in really tough mental and physical feats. While Karma is a competition, and tensions do arise, the contestants handle the situations with openness and maturity (adult reality stars might learn a thing or two from watching). The show also does a great job of reflecting real-life tough stuff like friendships, romantic relationships, and self esteem. While content is appropriate for younger kids, they might not love the teenage relationships (both romantic and platonic), but teens and tweens will find it all most compelling.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.