A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The fact that contestants are willing to participate in the show's bizarre challenges -- which can be humiliating, silly, painful, or all of the above -- sends an iffy message about what people are willing to do for money.
Positive Role Models
The contestants allow themselves to be demeaned and embarrassed in the name of entertainment. The host is quite severe with contestants. As with most game shows, a cash prize is the motivating factor here.
Violence & Scariness
Some tasks require contestants to endure discomfort or mild pain -- such as electric shocks or punches to the stomach.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, but contestants must sometimes strip to their underwear to participate in the challenges. Others involve a man attaching a breast pump to himself, etc.
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No audible swearing (in fact there's not much talking at all in this largely silent show), but the unusual challenges do lead some contestants to clearly mouth "what the f--k?" -- which is visible even though parts of their faces are blurred.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this quirky game show requires participants to endure a series of very strange challenges while suffering in near-total silence; even wincing in pain earns a stern rebuke from the unusually severe host. The tasks can be painful (enduring electric shocks), strange (eating spaghetti shoelaces from a jogger's shoes), or humiliating (being tied to a spit while basted in barbeque sauce). On the up side, there's no sex; though some tasks require contestants to strip to their underwear, it's anything but erotic. And since silence is the goal, there's little salty language to worry about.
Is It Any Good?
Set in a faux library set, Silent Library is an exercise in the bizarre. The challenges aren't particularly difficult; instead they range from the downright silly to the degrading and painful. In one task, for example, a man must attach a woman's breast pump to his own nipples. In another, to the contestant's immense surprise, a dwarf wearing boxing gloves jumps out of a box and delivers a punch to the stomach. Participants are kicked on the rear end, endure electric shocks, and must hang on to a rotating spit while being basted in barbecue sauce. All the while, a stern librarian and a few nonplussed patrons look on, unamused.
Host Kazama is even less amused. The man never cracks a smile, acting as if he's in pain watching the contestants endure the various unpleasantries, which adds to the strange mood of this strange show. "Your pain is giving me pleasure," he tells one participant after a particularly embarrassing task. Viewers may be able to relate -- though this show isn't exactly entertaining, it's just too weird to write off as a total waste of time.
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