A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Testing one's physical, mental, and emotional toughness is a major theme. Overcoming challenges is another.
Positive Role Models
Some celebs are very confident in themselves, while others are full of doubt. A few are arrogant. Many note that they want to push themselves to see what they can withstand, while others simply have something to prove to themselves and others.
The cast is made up of people from the Black, Latino, and LBGTQA+ community. They also vary in ages, sizes, and physical ability. The ex-military staff is from the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
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Violence & Scariness
Exercises require folks to jump backwards out of helicopters, throw themselves from mountain sides, zip line across crevasses, etc. They are often shown struggling, crying out of fear, vomiting after drills, etc. Some people get hurt (no blood) and are removed from the competition.
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Products & Purchases
The series serves as a promotional vehicle for the elite Special Forces.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Special Forces: World's Toughest Test is a reality show featuring celebrities participating in grueling military training drills adapted from the Special Forces. Sometimes gunfire is audible and explosions are visible, and participants are often shown struggling, crying, getting injured (no blood), and vomiting before, during, and after exercises. Past difficult or traumatic events are discussed, and swearing is bleeped and mouths are blurred. Viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try the exercises featured here at home.
Is It Any Good?
This predictable unscripted series features a diverse group of pop culture personalities pushing themselves to survive grueling exercises that most people wouldn't dream of trying. As actors like Jamie Lynn Spears, reality stars like Kenya Moore, politicians like Anthony Scaramucci, athletes like Gus Kenworthy, and singers like Mel B. push themselves to the limit as they jump from helicopters and zip line across crevasses, they experience the inevitable breakdowns and personal breakthroughs that one expects from these sorts of challenges. Meanwhile, the theatrics of the "staff," all of whom are both ex-military and entertainment personalities in their own right, are designed to to make the overall series feel more edgy. Special Forces: World's Toughest Test also feels raw as the celebrity recruits openly cope with aging bodies, past traumas, and failures.
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