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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Improv-under-pressure game show has laughs, naughty jokes.

TV Fox Game Shows 2014
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Fans of Hollywood Game Night and Whose Line Is It Anyway? should be on high alert: This high-concept game show has a similar fizzy, funny, anything-could-happen vibe of both of those shows. And the restrictions posed by the show, such as commanding the improvisers to perform a scene in which each line is a question, or asking them to spell out words using their bodies as letters, are pleasantly absurd and silly enough to be appreciated by most members of your family.

But Riot still exhibits the deficiencies of improv. When something's working, it really works, and you crack up. When it's not, there's dead air, awkward moments, comics talking over each other. Cringe! Some viewers may not be willing to wait out the not-so-good moments to get to the funny stuff. But there is funny stuff to be found here, indeed.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 13, 2014
  • Cast: Rove McManus
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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