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Contestants compete for money, but that's not the focus of the show. Despite the confrontational nature of its title, the series features positive representations of father-child relationships, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Some teams do occasionally sound a little over-competitive when talking about winning, and the child of the winning father gets to yell "my dad is better than your dad!" to the crowd, but it's meant in good fun.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of physically challenging competitions, but no violence, per se. Some of the competitions include braving spiders and snakes.
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Products & Purchases
Parting gifts include X-Boxes and other brand-name prizes. These prizes are mentioned but never actually shown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this energetic game show -- in which father-child teams compete for the chance to win $50,000 -- highlights positive messages like teamwork, good sportsmanship, and strong father-child relationships. Kids participate in most of the competitions, though their roles usually require less effort than their parents'. Some of the teams are a little over-competitive, and some challenges require dads to contend with things like snakes and spiders. Bragging is a part of the show, but it's presented in a joking context.
Is It Any Good?
Even though the father-child teams are playing for money, the show's focus is really on their relationships. It also highlights strong teamwork and good sportsmanship. While some teams occasionally exhibit some overly competitive behavior (like the kid who proudly shares that his father argues with referees at his ball games, for example), all of the kids openly talk about how much they love and admire their fathers -- whether they win or not.
Competing in oddball events for money may not be the most realistic or ideal way for parents to show their love for their children, but watching them do it is definitely lots of fun. My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad is a good bet for kids of all ages who enjoy fun game shows. Some of the challenges are a little creepy (like having to bob for things in a tank full of snakes) and might be a little scary for very young viewers. But the show's energy and positive messages make it a good family viewing choice.
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