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Paid Off with Michael Torpey

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mature game show humor with a side of activism.

TV Max Game Shows 2022
Paid Off with Michael Torpey TV Show

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Its the rare show that can make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel good. Paid Off with Michael Torpey manages to do all that while throwing in some healthy competition to boot. The trivia here isn't particularly challenging because, as the host says, they're trying to give away as much money as possible. But viewers will still learn a lot about the state of the college debt crisis in America -- an issue Torpey is clearly passionate about.

The host smartly uses his contestants' stories to drive home his message, talking to each about how their life would change if their debt were eliminated. Indeed, many winners celebrate with heartfelt hugs and tears of gratitude upon having their debt wiped clean. It's all surprisingly touching for a show filled with silly games and cheesy puns. Sadly, the repeated comedic references to mature topics such as drugs, alcohol, and sex rule out the show's would-be perfect audience: families with kids of all ages. Which is a real shame, since it's the rare game show capable of sparking some meaningful conversation after the TV is turned off.

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