Parents' Guide to

Run for the Money

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lively high-stakes tag game has some tense moments.

Run for the Money TV Show: poster.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Not much of value, but nothing egregious, either

As far as Japanese game shows go, this is pretty benign. It's basically adults playing a giant game of hide & seek/tag in a giant theme park. The "game master's" appearance may be a little frightening to young children; this person is wearing a mask based on a European plague doctor's mask. Ditto the "hunters", men in black suits, sunglasses and black masks which cover their noses and mouths (identity protection? COVID safety protocol? Both? None of the contestants are wearing face masks, so ¯\_ (ツ)_/¯ ). The hunters pursue the contestants at a brisk pace, while the contestants try to hide in the theme park. Some of the contestants really play it up, acting very scared and out of breath, so this may add to the fear element for younger children. The contestants are actors, sports figures, celebrities, news anchors, etc. Apparently the show has been on in Japan for a long time, because many of the contestants talk about watching it as a kid, and it being a dream of theirs to be on the show. My 8-year-old daughter (will be 9 in two months) likes the show; it's not my favorite thing for her to watch, but if she chooses to spend her screen time on it, I'll let her watch it.
age 16+

Can be too scary for young children

I don’t know what age to say this is for but have told my 8 and 6 year olds they can only watch G shows because the six year old can get scared with PG. I was then confused when 8yo said they’d watched a G show that was too scary as she has never done this before. This is how I found this site by googling this show and scary. This show was too scary for my almost 9yo. Parents beware. Just wanted to warn others.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The lively cat and mouse-style game show, which has been airing in Japan since 2004, offers lots of fun moments as contestants attempt to evade capture for cash. Much of the entertainment comes from watching players frantically evade the squadron of ominous-looking, silent, emotionless hunters, many of who seem to appear out of nowhere throughout the game. Adding to the drama are rule changes that lead to distrust and deception. There are some theatrical moments that will remind you of TV shows like Squid Game and movie franchises like The Hunger Games and The Matrix. But overall, Run for the Money is one of those mindlessly diverting shows that's easy to get caught up in.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 15, 2022
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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