Legends of the Hidden Temple

TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
'90s game show offers family-friendly adventure.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Teaches that we all have our own strengths and that working as a team makes us even stronger.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Prizes are all brand-name items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this competitive game show pits six teams against each other in physical and intellectual competitions for a chance to enter the Hidden Temple obstacle course and win prizes. Competition is fair and is usually based on a historical expedition or on ancient mythology. The show promotes teamwork, cooperation, listening skills, and problem solving. Safety equipment, including helmets and harnesses, is always used.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlecRB1999 May 29, 2019

This Game Show Needs a Reboot

This is an amazing game show! I've even got a petition going to get it back on the air. Please sign if you haven't already. Here it is: http://chng.it... Continue reading
Adult Written byOrangedragon17 July 21, 2018

Greatest Kid Game Show of All Time!

Of all the game shows I've seen, this one is my all-time favorite. Encourages team work and other skills. Good to watch with the whole family!
Teen, 13 years old Written bySockyChibi<3 August 11, 2012

Fun and Thrilling

great for kids and families! No inappropriate stuff, but the temple guards are as salty as it gets (They wear scary costumes and trap the kids when they go thro... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 6, 2011

besst and awwesom

this is really fun 2 watch plus u and ur family can sit down and watch if u thinks it bad its good 4 ur brain

What's the story?

LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE is a game show from the '90s that combines Indiana Jones-inspired storytelling and set design with adventure competitions. Six teams of two (one boy, one girl) must use their smarts, strength, and teamwork to advance past each level in the Hidden Temple. Hosted by Kirk Fogg, each episode is based around a historical expedition or ancient myth that's narrated by a talking rock named Olmec (Dee Bradley Baker). Teams face off in knowledge quizzes, relay races, and giant puzzles. The team with the highest ranking at the end has the chance to enter the Hidden Temple obstacle course to dodge temple guards and search for a grand prize (like a mountain bike, rollerblades, or a trip).

Is it any good?

Despite its age, Legends of the Hidden Temple is an exciting show for young aspiring adventurers. Because it's loosely based on famous expeditions like the travels of Lewis and Clark, the show rewards participants not only for their athletic abilities but also for their listening and problem-solving skills. Different players succeed in different parts of the show, proving that it takes teams of all kinds to get ahead.

With its fun competitions and ancient temple set, Legends of the Hidden Temple will be sure to appeal to young adventurers. As with any action show, parents should point out that participants always use helmets and are supported by harnesses, and that their challenges shouldn't be re-created at home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dynamics of teamwork and how intellectual and physical strengths can complement each other. What does it mean to be a team player? Why does playing just for yourself hurt the overall team effort? What do you gain by combining your own talents with others?

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