A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although the format is similar, this version of The Joker's Wild is not the same game show they (and it's new host, Snoop Dogg, a lifelong fan) may have watched with their grandparents back in the day. Yes, the gigantic slot machine remains, but the categories are wackier ("Canadian Bakin'" features actor Seth Rogen talking about which fellow Canadian celebs he'd most like to smoke pot with), there's salty language galore, and the host is a rap world legend who drinks alcohol on-screen and is an unabashed fan of marijuana. In short, The Joker's Wild got wilder.
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What's the story?
THE JOKER'S WILD is a late-night revival of the classic 1970s game show of the same name, this time hosted by laid-back rapper and media mogul Snoop Dogg (with an assist by Jeanne Mai, the show's glamorous "Lady Luck"). The classic format remains the same: Two contestants compete for cash by answering questions based on various categories that pop up on-screen after cranking the handle on a giant "slot machine." Oversized casino-style props like giant dice and playing cards also come into play. The last contestant left standing can spin again for a chance at $25,000. Any new dollar amounts that pop up on the slot machine are theirs to keep during this endgame, so long as the "devil slide" doesn't appear -- in which case they're out of luck.
Is it any good?
Snoop Dogg makes an affable host with a charmingly mellow demeanor and great comedic timing. The man knows how to work a crowd, and his interplay with the contestants on The Joker's Wild is natural and hilarious. The game's categories have been updated for modern-day audiences with titles like "Fro-Back Thursday" (contestants look at a cropped photo of an afro and guess which celebrity it is attached to) and "'Nuff Said with Wiz Khalifa" (players guess what rapper Wiz is referring to based on cryptic one-word utterances). It's definitely not for everyone -- the streetwise rap references may be lost on some viewers, and the language and humor may be too edgy for some -- but viewers with a high tolerance for weed jokes and Snoop's schtick will find much to enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the recent trend in rebooting 1960s and '70s game shows. What is so appealing about bringing these shows back?
The Joker's Wild features some racy topics compared to the 1970s version. Do you think it was necessary to do this in order to adapt the show for modern audiences?
Would you ever want to compete on a game show? Why or why not?
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