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