Parents' Guide to

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bizarre feats for those with strong stomachs.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2000
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

This show is fabulous! Loved it as a kid, and still love it today.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

Love it

This was one of my favorite shows.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Most teens will be able to recognize that the accomplishments showcased on this show are odd and shouldn't be replicated, but if something pops up that's particularly perverse, parents may want to be on hand to discuss it afterward. And, frankly, although the majority of the acts on Ripley's don't involve pain, the show isn't the best choice for anyone squeamish, regardless of age.

But every so often there's an act that can be extraordinarily difficult to watch -- like the minister who electrocutes himself to demonstrate the power of faith. It's these kinds of things that parents need to be particularly aware of; either turn the show off or be prepared to talk to your kids about what they've seen.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 12, 2000
  • Cast: Dean Cain
  • Network: Syfy
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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