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Repo Games

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mean-spirited game show makes fun of folks behind on bills.

TV Spike Game Shows 2011
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

keep repo games

love the show because you have to learn to pay for what you buy. nothing in this world is free.
age 16+

I disagree.

The show is not a comedy bit meant to make people look stupid, it is an opportunity for individuals to win the ability to not owe anymore on a vehicle. The point of the show is to give people a second chance to own a piece of property. I would let my kids watch this show, but I would force feed them knowledge according to the value of genuine ownership. Seriously though, get off your podium and realize that your exploiting the worst of the show to hack out a more serious than necessary review it no different than the show's shameless depiction of their most "special" contestants. You're nothing but just another obnoxious blogger, there's you and sixth graders in the exact same category.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Repo Games preys on people who are behind on their bills during difficult economic times by first attempting to repossess their cars, and then offering them the chance to "win" their own vehicle if they can answer some trivia questions. It attempts to create entertainment out of mocking the less fortunate for their inability to make car payments and backing them into a corner to participate in the trivia contest with questions of insignificant educational value (sample question: "Name Hugh Hefner's current fiancee").

Is it possible the "contestants" have squandered money, instead of simply not having enough of it to make car payments? Who knows? There is no context provided. Even if there were, it's hard to imagine feeling good about the disdain with which Repo Games treats the participants. The tone is superior and mocking. It's rare that a television series not only lacks redeeming value, but actively promotes a disturbing outlook on our culture. Repo Games is such a show. If teens do watch, parents might want to step in and start a conversation about the show's messages.

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