Keep It Spotless

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Simple, messy game show has short-lived appeal.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Kids see the contestants engaged in lighthearted competition that tests their teamwork and ability to solve problems related to the obstacles.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The contestants don't let competition interfere with their willingness to be kind to each other. In some cases, opponents even offer suggestions to help each other navigate some of the challenges (once the competitive component is over, that is).

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Keep It Spotless is a game show in which teams of kids compete in challenges designed to get them messy and accrue points based on how successfully they keep their clothes clean. The games are very basic (spraying competitors with paint, transferring paint from buckets on their heads to a measured container, etc.) and require only minimal brain power, but effective teamwork does help the players' cause. There's always good sportsmanship on display, and all of the competitors seem to enjoy the chance to get messy for the cause, but as game shows go, this one isn't a long-term draw.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byKeepinMyselfSpotless April 15, 2018

Very entertaining and fun to watch!

It is a fun family TV series that I believe any kid and adult can get into.

What's the story?

In KEEP IT SPOTLESS, kids compete in pairs in messy challenges and accumulate points based on how clean they keep their clothes. Each game consists of three rounds of games in which teammates must work together to succeed in tasks involving colored paint. The faster they complete the tasks, the better chance they have of keeping at least partially clean, which is measured by the Spotless Scanner after each round. The team with the highest score of cleanliness earns the chance to take on the final task -- the Gauntlet -- and win a cash prize of up to $10,000.

Is it any good?

This game show's shtick -- silly games with a high mess factor -- intrigues for a while, but it has a hard time sustaining much entertainment value. Some of the challenges in Keep It Spotless require contestants to strategize and adapt as they learn what works and what doesn't, but others are more dependent on luck than on any amount of skill on the part of the players. The fact that there's a quantitative measurement of cleanliness by way of the Spotless Scanner helps validate the selection of a winning team and their eventual winnings. The bottom line? There are more substantial game shows with broader appeal for the whole family than this one-dimensional offering.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ups and downs of competition. How does matching your skills against other people's help you improve? What lessons does losing teach you? What does it mean to be a good winner?

  • What games in Keep It Spotless require the players to strategize? How differently would you have approached the challenges? Do these games reward any particular characteristics or skills, or are they more about luck?

  • Kids: What would you do with winnings from a game like this? Do you think it's possible to win the full cash amount in the Gauntlet?

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