A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a game show with huge cash prizes, but it highlights contestants' good deeds, making them deserving of the chance to win.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are from all walks of life, but are acknowledged for doing something positive.
Violence & Scariness
Backstories include discussions of illness, accidents, etc., but with limited details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional innuendo, usually uttered by the host.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of popular culture references.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spin the Wheel is a family-friendly game show that gives contestants the chance to win millions of dollars. It focuses on being positive, but contestant backstories sometimes contain references to accidents and other difficult events. There's also an innuendo-filled comment or two (some of which will go right over kids' heads).
Is It Any Good?
Despite a few obvious parallels to Wheel of Fortune, this positive and lively series features contestants who are recognized for giving back in some way. Meanwhile, the inclusion of family and friends in the overall experience gives the sense that the whole thing isn't just about winning piles of money. It also makes for some emotional moments. But Dax Shepard's sense of humor, along with the energy that comes from the folks trying to spin and win, prevents the show from getting too hokey. If you like simple, family-friendly game shows, Spin the Wheel is a great alternative.
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