A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The game shows that spelling can be fun and promotes critical thinking.
Spelling is fun. Intellect pays. Work together to reach goals.
Positive Role Models
Contestants show good sportsmanship as they work together to persevere through challenges.
Teams are made up of a range of relationship types. In the first episode, one team is made up of neighbors and another team is an engaged gay couple. Ru Paul, an icon of the LGBTQ+ community, is the show's host.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some innuendo in Ru Paul's comments. For example, he emphasized "lucky balls" when introducing the balls that support contestants in solving puzzles in one segment of the show.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that CBS's Lingo is a revival of a hit game show that has been around since the 1980s. Ru Paul hosts the fast-moving game of wordplay, engaging the contestants. Viewers can expect some innuendo in jokes, such as an emphasis on "lucky balls" which are actually just added supports that contestants have access to in one segment of the game. Competing teams consist of pairs diverse in everything from relationship to ethnicity to sexual orientation. Overall, it's a family-friendly show that encourages critical thinking and spelling prowess.
Is It Any Good?
Word connoisseurs will have a blast with this revived game show. Driven by the popularity of Wordle and Scrabble, Lingo is sure to add a splash of spelling to a fun family night. Pre-readers may be bored with it, but it could still be fun to have them watch and gain familiarity with letters and words. Any inappropriate jokes will likely go over their heads. Like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and other more intellectual game shows, Lingo reminds viewers that it pays to know your stuff.
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