Officially Amazing

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Kid challengers compete for Guinness World Record glory.

Parents say

age 14+
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Kids say

age 14+
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Positive Messages

Folks all over the world have unique talents that should be celebrated, no matter how weird. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hosts are encouraging; challengers are very competitive, but also persevere.  

Violence & Scariness

Lots of competitive attitudes. Terms like "battling out" are used, but there's nothing violent. Some activities can be potentially dangerous if not done under supervision. 

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Consumerism

There is an accompanying website that features books on sale and other resources, but this isn't frequently advertised. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Officially Amazing is a kid's game show that features people from all over the world trying to establish and break world records. Backed by the Guinness World Records organization, most of the competition activities are fun and/or odd, but a few can be potentially harmful if not done under supervision, and viewers of all ages are reminded not to try them at home. 

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What's the story?

OFFICIALLY AMAZING is a British television show that features folks from around the world attempting to set a Guinness World Record. Hosted by Ben Shires, and sometimes helped by other folks like Al Jackson and Haruka Karoda, each episode features challengers in-studio competing in specifically assigned challenges to see if they can beat each other and set a world record. Video presentations of attempts outside the studio to break an existing record (or regain a lost title) are also featured. From being the fastest person in the world to unroll toilet paper with one hand, to driving duos parallel parking at high speed in the tightest spaces possible, the records set here are for things that are both amazing and a little weird.  

Is it any good?

This lighthearted and fun series features record-seekers performing different stunts in hopes of being judged a world record holder by the Guinness World Records organization. While some of these activities seem delightfully odd, others are also fascinating to watch. Host Ben Shire also adds some chuckles with his dry but funny style. 

There are a few activities that could be potentially dangerous (like driving and parking cars at high speed) if folks try them at home. But outside of this, Officially Amazing offers a great chance to see the different kinds of talents people from all over the world have, and it gives people the chance to be certified the best at what they do.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Guinness Book of World Records. What are some of the strangest challenges featured on Officially Amazing? What compelled challengers to start doing these activities? 

  • Do you have a unique talent that you're really good at? Do you think you could hold a world record for it?

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