A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Good sporting conduct.
Positive Role Models
The show is hosted and produced by a woman, Elizabeth Banks. Contestants come from all walks of life.
Products & Purchases
Brand-name prizes are sometimes mentioned: Apple computers, car companies like Jaguar and Jeep, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Press Your Luck is a reboot of the classic 1980s game show. This version is produced and hosted by actress Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) and runs a good 30 minutes longer than the original series thanks to a newly added bonus round. Some brand names come up randomly throughout the show, as contestants can win prizes like Gucci bags and accessories, Jeep Cherokees, and MacBook Pro laptops. The humor is very mellow and not bawdy -- much like the original, it's an inoffensive game show that families with tweens should enjoy.
Is It Any Good?
Ultimately, there's nothing particularly exciting about this game (original or rebooted version); we're just watching contestants spin over and over and waiting to see if they lose all their money. That said, Press Your Luck looks great, with a flashy modernized set and an amiable host who does a nice job interacting with contestants and keeping things moving. They've kept the wisecracking, roughly animated "Whammy" characters from the original series, which may push some happy nostalgia buttons for old-school fans, but added an all-new bonus round, which lengthens the episodes to a full hour -- which seems a bit long for this particular game, and may test some viewers' attention spans. Overall, though, it's harmless fun the whole family can enjoy.
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