Snoop Dogg presents The Joker's Wild

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Casino-themed game show reboot is edgy but funny.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Not much of a message here beyond "money is great!"

Positive Role Models & Representations

Snoop Dogg is a fun and funny host. 

Violence

No actual violence to speak of. There is a category focused on guessing the names of "OGs" (Original Gangstas) where real-life (and fictional) criminals and mobsters like Al Capone are mentioned.

Sex

Nothing too scandalous, but there's a lot of sexual innuendo and joking around going on amongst the contestants and host. The show's "Lady Luck," Jeanne Mai (Snoop's sidekick and co-host of the daytime talk show The Real), does some booty-shaking in her skintight dresses.

Language

"Hell," "bastard," "damn," "pissed off."

Consumerism

It's a casino-themed game show. The entire premise of the show is that money is king, and the contestants are encouraged to win lots of it!

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Snoop is frequently shown drinking from a highball glass, and the show's set is meant to mimic a casino-like cocktail lounge atmosphere, with shots of the audience members sitting at tables with adult beverages visible. There are never-ending weed references, and even a category titled "Name That Strain," where contestants have to identify which marijuana strain names are real and which are made up.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAustin L. November 1, 2017

(Book) Knowledge Is No Longer "King" on TBS's "The Joker's Wild"

"From Hollywood...it's the game where knowledge is king and Lady Luck is queen..." Sadly, the "knowledge" is largely gone from TBS... Continue reading
Adult Written byalfredo N. November 18, 2017

disgusting

drug filled innuendo , perverted sexual lingo.
Teen, 14 years old Written byConner Garczynski February 11, 2018

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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