A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Players answer questions in hopes of eventually winning cash. Contestant backstories include making up for major life mistakes, death of a parent, other events.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are competitive but seem to have fun. Rob Lowe is kind when discussing sensitive stories with contestants.
Violence & Scariness
The machine spins players around all over the place, but no one gets hurt (or throws up).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mental Samurai is a family-friendly game show with a twist -- between answering questions that test their mental skills, contestants are thrown around in a futuristic capsule to throw them off their game. Some of the contestants' backstories address serious issues like the death of a parent, struggling in school, lying, and other mistakes that people want to make up for. These subjects are handled in positive and sensitive ways.
Is It Any Good?
This lively game show features players trying to answer different types of questions while coping with the centripetal forces of an amusement park-like ride. The number of contestants who play in a given episode are many, thanks to the short game time and lack of room for error. Their expressions while they are rotated around at rapid speeds show that a ride in Eva is no joke. While the backstories of some of these folks can be emotional, especially for a goofy game show, Mental Samurai is an overall positive and family-friendly show.
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