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Million Dollar Mile

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Extra-tough obstacle course challenge heavy on promotion.

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Positive Messages

It's a competition series. Physical strength, speed, and grit are key components. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants have different personal reasons for competing for cash. The Defenders are very confident in their abilities. 

Violence

Obstacle courses are big and have high levels of difficulty, but safety equipment is worn. Competitors talk about being a domestic abuse survivor, having family members with serious illnesses, etc. 

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Language

Some mild tough talk, but nothing nasty. 

Consumerism

Planet Fitness is official sponsor. The name is mentioned and the logo is visible in a warm-up room. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Million Dollar Mile is a game show that features a larger-than-life obstacle course and people attempting to outrun world-class elite athletes in order to win major cash prizes. There's some competitive behavior, but nothing nasty or unexpected. Contestants' personal stories include tales of physical abuse and potentially fatal illnesses. The series is officially sponsored by Planet Fitness.

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What's the story?

Produced by Tim Tebow and LeBron James, MILLION DOLLAR MILE is a reality competition featuring competitors running an obstacle course located in downtown Los Angeles in hopes of winning $1 million. It's hosted by Tebow, and the players get to earn money for every obstacle they complete in what some consider the most challenging one-mile course ever designed. If contestants make it through all five obstacles, they get a chance to compete for a million bucks. But a group of elite athletes from around the world known as the Defenders race against them, hoping to stop them from winning anything. Serving as commentators throughout are Matt "Money" Smith and Maria Taylor. 

Is it any good?

This highly competitive series features seasoned marathon runners, trainers, and other fitness-oriented people competing in larger-than-life obstacles for cash. The fun comes from watching them try to outrun the elite athletes they're paired with, who begin to follow them two minutes after the contestants themselves start the race. As the gap between them narrows, each race becomes more intense. But while Million Dollar Mile seems like a show that's hard not to get caught up in, all these components create a race that makes it almost too hard for contestants to win. As a result, the process gets frustratingly repetitive. Nonetheless, if you get a charge from fitness competitions, you'll find it entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much physical training people have to have in order to successfully participate in (let alone win) obstacle races of this magnitude. Why do people aspire to participate in these kinds of races?

  • What messages do races like Million Dollar Mile offer about what it means to be physically fit? Do they offer a realistic view of what average people who exercise can accomplish?

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