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 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).
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What's the story?
Executive-produced by Justin Timberlake, SPIN THE WHEEL is a game show where people spin a giant wheel and win up to $20 million. It's hosted by Dax Shepard, and contestants get 16 chances to spin a massive wheel in hopes that they will land on a wedge that represents a lot of money. Once the wheel stops, they must answer a trivia question. Correct answers earn them the amount the ball was on. But wrong answers do not, and bad spins can lead to losing the cash. The contestants play all 16 spins, but as their pot of money grows, their family and friends are allowed to get in on the action and secretly make decisions that will impact how much money they actually walk away with.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people appear on game shows. Is it about winning money? To get attention on TV?
Game show challenges are often simple, and can lead to big prizes for players. But what makes them interesting to TV audiences? What does Spin the Wheel do to make the game last longer? To be more interesting?
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