Parents' Guide to

King of the Nerds

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fairly clean-cut geek-fest competition, with a few curses.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

lolz

OMG, i watched this in January and intended to hate it but it was very funny and it's true, nerd is the new cool, i luv Virgil, Ivan, Moogega and Genevive, there my fav's words like "b---h" "s--t" "a--hole" and "f--k" are used; there is some innuendo, it is rated TV-14 few episodes are TV-PG there are some females that are very attractive on this show and my GF says there are some attractive guise and some are very athletic and funny, people treat nerd like its a bad thing though... GEEZ

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It's hard not to like a group of people who get excited over white boards: "You could use a piece of paper, but it's not optimal!" enthuses the thrilled-to-be-here Brandon, just one of 11 mostly charming contestants who get that the show's a goof and are just here to meet some interesting new friends and maybe win that $100K. Hosts Carradine and Armstrong look great and have retained their old charm; they keep things moving along nicely.

A large part of the thrill of King of the Nerds is watching smarty pants trying to impress each other. Most people don't consider your computer gaming ability or in-depth knowledge of Batman villains to be a threat, but here, it is. A meaner-spirited show would invite the viewer to laugh at these oddballs; instead, King of the Nerds shows how confident the contestants are in their abilities and that same oddness. This turns what could be one-note obnoxious and grating into something rather endearing.

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