Parents' Guide to

Robot Combat League

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Robot fighting competition highlights engineering fun.

TV Syfy Game Shows 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Lots of fun and Camaraderie

If your kids are very active and like sports, Robot Combat League is an excellent alternative to MMA. There is some violence, but a lot more of the attention is paid to the bonds between the engineer and the robo-jockey, not to mention the technology itself. I work at DISH, but I used to be in special effects, and I was left speechless after watching the first episode last night. I would normally have waited until I got home to watch it because I am out of town, but I never have to do that now that we own a DISH Hopper. It lets me watch all of my DVR recordings and live television right on my phone, so I no longer miss my favorite programs no matter where I am.
age 5+

Robo Techs are role models

I think the positive role model rating should be reconsidered. Many of the robot techs are very accomplished engineers and robotics experts. Almost all of the techs are involved in some kind of charitable work with kids or underprivileged kids to teach robotics. I should know, because I am one. I'd be honored to have my children hang out and learn from any of the Robo-Tech cast members on the show.

Is It Any Good?

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

While robot fighting competitions aren't new to TV, RCL offers a fun way of learning a little bit more about how large humanoid robots -- including those used in film productions -- actually work by throwing them into a fighting ring. The Gladiator-like competitions get exciting, too, thanks to lots of screaming spectators and observations offered by play-by-play commentator Dave Farra.

There are definitely things to be learned here, including how developing and working with this technology is often done in teams, and the importance of creativity and strong communication skills. Some folks may find the notion of fighting machines a little off-putting, but science and technology buffs will definitely find it entertaining.

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