Killer Karaoke

Common Sense Media says

Game show has singing, painful stunts, and salty lingo.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series underscores what people are willing to subject themselves to in order to win some money. It also encourages viewers to laugh at others pain or humiliation.

Positive role models

The folks here willingly endure painful and/or humiliating moments for cash. Steve-O proudly mentions having a lengthy rap sheet.

Violence

People sing while being attacked by dogs, bitten by snakes, covered in scorpions, being electrocuted, and other potentially dangerous situations, though no one ever appears to be seriously hurt.

Sex

Dogs are shown attacking people's genitals (which are protected). People are shown taking off their shirts, pulling off their pants (partially revealing their butt cracks), pulling out socks from their crotches, and even wearing Sumo wresting wresting costumes that expose much of their backsides.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible, while curses like "f--k" and "s--t" (usually uttered out of fear) are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Contestants wear items like "drunken glasses" to become disoriented during challenges. The host makes subtle references to drug smuggling.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Killer Karaoke features contestants singing tunes while attempting to complete wacky challenges, some of which are potentially dangerous or painful (like getting electrocuted or bitten by non-poisonous snakes). There's lots of bleeped curses thanks to people screaming out in fear, and occasionally comments are made about people's genitals. Kids should be encouraged not to try these stunts at home.

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What's the story?

KILLER KARAOKE, a series adapted from the British series Sing If You Can, is a game show that lets contestants showcase their karaoke skills while testing their courage. Hosted by Jackass star Steve-O, each round features two contestants who must sing a song to its entirety. The catch? They must do so while engaging in potentially dangerous, humiliating, or painful stunts, like being attacked by dogs, getting a body wax, or being dunked into a ice-cold water tank with boa constrictors and other dangerous snakes. Replays of each person's reactions are showcased after each song. After each of the three rounds, the studio audience votes by keypad for the person who will move on to the final showdown. After the finalists sing off in an over-the-top challenge, the winner wins a $10,000 cash prize.

Is it any good?

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While its roots are British, Killer Karaoke pays homage to the Japanese game show tradition by offering translations of titles and slogans written and spoken in Japanese throughout each episode. But the real resemblance comes in the form of the contestants willingly subjecting themselves to ridiculous (and even gross) stunts while singing their hearts out. Also adding to the fray are the replays of the people screaming out in fear while trying to sing.

Much of the show's fun comes from the reactions of the contestants. However, the stunts get a little repetitive from week-to-week, which makes each round a little anti-climatic. But folks who find these sort of silly scenarios and outrageous competitions entertaining will probably find themselves laughing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about game shows. Why do people willingly subject themselves to painful or humiliating stunts? Is it just for the money? For a few seconds of fame? Or is there something else that motivates them?

  • Do game shows or reality competitions ever go too far? Is featuring people doing potentially dangerous stunts being socially responsible? Why should people never attempt to engage in these kinds of stunts on their own?

TV details

Cast:Steve-O
Network:truTV
Genre:Game Shows
Topics:Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymrbookworm01 December 22, 2012
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Not good, not terrible

I saw an episode of this show last night. I don't really like this show. The humor is lacking, the premise is uncreative, and Steve-O is just plain obnoxious. The premise is that these contestants try to sing throughout the midst of crazy and dangerous stunts (Ex. Being put in a tank of freezing water while snakes are added.) Then, the audience votes on who they thought was the "best singer" (or should I say, the funniest to watch suffer), and the top 3 go on to the final round. There, they sing the same song while on a spinning wheel, and the last contestant left standing wins the money from a timer that goes on during the challenge. Now, Steve-O SAYS the contestants have to sing the whole time, but they really don't, since it has no impact on the show. Anyway, the show's not creative, rarely funny, and is for the most part, just a rip-off of Fear Factor. I don't find it terrible or good: just mediocre. Violence: Contestants go through potentially dangerous stunts (Ex. Being put into a tank of freezing water with snakes, or being shocked with electric devices attached to their bodies) Nobody gets hurt. Sex: Some challenges require the removal of clothing, but no full-on nudity. Language: Some swearing, but it's all censored out. Drinking: Some references to drinking.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byneedlegrass March 4, 2014
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Worse than books by Stephanie Meyer

Horrible, horrible, horrible. DO NOT even bother with this show. The show is sickening as it makes it's contestants walk across rotten pig guts, get bitten by non-poisonous snakes, and sick their ears on mouse traps all while singing karaoke. This is like some sort of Japanese show in English, except the Japanese shows are actually good and actually funny. It's sickening, you will want to actually puke after watching this and maybe even spray your eyes with acid because you can NEVER unsee this. The contestants are literally screaming with pain or fear; THEY ARE SCREAMING. ONLY A SICK PERSON WOULD ENJOY MAKING/WATCHING PEOPLE SCREAM FOR AMUSEMENT. The contestants are good singers, but they slowly lose their charm after being dunked in a tank of snakes or forced to eat who-knows-what. I'm surprised they haven't thought of a punishment like making the contestant read Twilight or make them watch a crappy Adam Sandler movie or make them sing Justin Bieber songs. I actually hope that don't see this because chances are they will actually have contestants do that; and the only thing worse than having you image destroyed by having to eat live worms in having your pride taken down when you show the world that you actually know Justin Bieber's "Baby" so well that you can karaoke it. Please, don't bother with this piece of trash. It's a waste of money that could actually be put to better use, like, oh I don't know, it could be donated to starving children in Africa or for to cancer research facilities. THINK ABOUT THAT TRU TV!!
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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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