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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Ryan and his parents work together to complete challenges to reveal clues to his play partner's identity. There's always a lot of laughter and enjoyment in the activities, which encourage the family members to be active and to solve puzzles. Occasional potty humor involves matters like flatulence; in one scene, Ryan must deflate whoopee cushions, and his parents pretend he's stinking up the room by doing so.
Positive Role Models
Ryan and his parents obviously enjoy taking part in this show together. There's a lot of camaraderie and encouragement as the challenges play out.
Products & Purchases
Kids who know Ryan from his YouTube channel may still have their mind on the many toys he's unboxed over the years.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ryan's Mystery Playdate stars Ryan of the popular YouTube channel RyanToysReview and sees him and his parents completing challenges to help reveal a surprise guest. The tasks are physical in nature and often involve a messy factor like slime or foam, and they always inspire laughter and the impression that Ryan and his folks are having a good time together. Viewers can play along in the guessing game predicting who will come out onstage as the clues are collected. This series is less focused on consumerism and toys than Ryan's YouTube channel, which may be a relief to some parents.
Is It Any Good?
As leaps from viral fame to TV fame go, Ryan's is a fairly successful endeavor. The YouTube megastar brings with him his trademark enthusiasm and natural ease in front of the cameras, as well as the likable rapport he has with his parents onscreen. The show also plays on the "unboxing" format that has been Ryan's bread and butter in his viral videos, leaving space for some brief suspense and excitement to build before clues are uncovered and the big reveal exposed.
There's not much substance of note to Ryan's Mystery Playdate, but all of the tasks challenge Ryan and his parents either physically (jumping, rolling, throwing, etc.) or mentally by way of puzzles, and they seem to genuinely enjoy the experience of playing and working together. The bottom line? If screen time with your kids is on the agenda, then watching Ryan and his parents have fun and work together is a decent viewing option.
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