Parents' Guide to

Nitro Circus

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Crazy reality-show stunts could prompt copycat antics.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 3+

Just crazy people doing crazy stunts

Travis Pastrana is a famous racer... He started nitro circus awhile ago and it's involved into movies, shows and live events. You have skateboarders, moto racers, snowboarders, bmx riders... And random crazy people! They do stunts and crazy things around the world. Sometimes the language is a bit mature but it's rare. The only problem is the stunts, but if you teach your kid right from wrong you won't have any problems. My 3 & 5 yr old nephews watch it, no problem. They do talk about family and dreams a lot too... It's not just all about crazy stunts.
age 10+

it is ok for miture tweens and exelint for older kids

it was one of the best shows i have ever seen it is a little inappropriate but amazing

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The show stars with a standard disclaimer: The performers are trained athletes, and viewers shouldn't try to imitate them. Pastrana and his friends crash more often than they succeed, but for all the painful-looking spills, there are surprisingly few injuries, and there's plenty of laughter all around. The result is that Nitro Circus makes practicing difficult, dangerous stunts look like a Saturday afternoon party at Pastrana's house ... which seems like exactly the mood that could make young people want to spend their own free time copying them, with potentially disastrous results.

Plus, with little narration or discussion, Nitro Circus seems less like a program and more like a highlight reel. Sure, some of these feats are truly impressive, but they'd have more impact if there was some explanation about why they're so difficult. And many of the tricks are just plain goofy -- rolling off a huge ramp in a wheeled office chair, for example, or doing flips on tricycles. Pastrana and his posse are clearly having plenty of fun filming themselves, but watching Nitro Circus isn't nearly as entertaining as creating it seems to be.

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