A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Oh Sit! is a silly, cartoonish game show that's something of a cross between Wipeout and musical chairs. There are lots of spills and falls, and contestants may push each other violently out of the way, though rough behavior gets them disqualified. The show's hosts make lots of body-related jokes, like "Whose lucky lady butt will sit in the money chair?" or "Which booty will hit the booty chair?" Contestants take on cartoonish, superhero-like identities to compete, which may make some viewers uncomfortable: For example, one contestant calls herself Freeloader because she doesn't like to work, while Crossdresser wishes he could compete in a dress and heels. But the show is more goofy than truly raunchy or violent, and equal numbers of men and women compete to win. Be sure to tell kids that these kinds of stunts can cause serious injuries in the real world.
What's the story?
OH SIT! was originally named Extreme Musical Chairs, which says it all. Twelve "weekend warriors who are in shape and out of their minds" run through obstacle courses on a circular track to get to a seat in a circle of chairs, with fewer chairs set out in each of four subsequent rounds. Each chair is worth a secret dollar amount. Contestants are given points for how well they navigate each round's obstacle course, as well as for the chair they choose at the end of the round. Contenders who don't manage to find a seat, who get low scores, or who engage in unsportsmanlike contact -- such as violently pushing another -- are eliminated until only one is left standing, $50,000 richer. Hosts Jamie Kennedy and Jessi Cruickshank oversee the action, with Tanika Ray interviewing contestants between rounds. The FOS Band provides musical accompaniment during each round and musical interludes between them.
Is it any good?
A little violent, a little dirty, Oh Sit! is nonetheless mostly harmless and will appeal to the same folks who enjoy watching average Joes get hit in the crotch with a football on America's Funniest Home Videos. Watching contestants stumble and fall their way around a wet, slippery obstacle course is about as amusing as it is on Wipeout, though a tad less violent, as there are no high falls. Adding a live band to the action ups the fun, as does the musical chairs conceit.
However, the wall-to-wall innuendo about butts and all the faux flirting the hosts do with contestants and with each other might make some viewers uncomfortable, as when Cruickshank wonders which contender will go home with the "money, the power, and me" and Kennedy says back "I've had two out of the three." The contestants themselves are the source of a lot of innuendo too, as when one says "I'm the sit, so take a big whiff."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's interesting to watch people falling and potentially hurting themselves. What impulse does that satisfy in viewers? How does it make you feel when contestants stumble or fall?
Why did the makers of Oh Sit! change the traditional game of musical chairs, which involves sedately circling chairs to music rather than navigating an obstacle course?
Some of the stunts on Oh Sit! look pretty violent. Do you think contestants really get hurt? Would you compete on the show? Why or why not?
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