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 Splash -- in which celebrities participate in a diving competition -- is pretty mild overall, thought contestants are often shown in skimpy bathing suits. Practice dives sometimes result in minor (but bloody) injuries. The interaction between coaches and contestants is mostly positive, but sometimes frustrated contestants yell and/or occasionally swear (it's bleeped out). Belly flops and other awkward dives are sometimes the source of humor.
What's the story?
SPLASH is a reality competition in which celebrities face off in an amateur diving contest. Hosted by Joey Lawrence and Charissa Thompson, the series follows actors like Keshia Knight Pulliam and Drake Bell, comedians like Louie Anderson and Chuy Bravo, reality stars like Kendra Wilkinson, and athletes like extreme skier Rory Bushfield and former basketball pro Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as they learn the art of high diving from master diver/Olympic champion Greg Louganis. During each live competition round, the contestants get to perform a dive, which is then scored by U.S. Olympic diving medalist David Boudia, three-time Australian Olympic champ Steve Foley, and the live audience. The two divers with the lowest scores go head to head in a dive-off in hopes of remaining in the competition. The last remaining diver to hit the water wins.
Is it any good?
Splash, which was adapted from a Dutch celebrity diving show, highlights the amount of strength, flexibility, control, and courage that's required to perform a good dive. Meanwhile, many of the contestants make the most of their appearance by talking about how diving is forcing them to face their own personal fears, which range from being afraid of heights to struggling with their weight and height.
Much of the show is dedicating to showcasing the awkward belly flops that occur during practice sessions. But watching the contestants perform their dives during the live competition is fun. And the judges' critiques are usually upbeat. If you're looking for something lighthearted and entertaining, it's definitely worth jumping into.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons that celebrities agree to participate in reality competitions. Is it to challenge themselves? For the publicity? Money? How real do you think these competitions are?
Do you think viewers are supposed to laugh at the Splash competitors? Support them? Feel empathy for them? What about the Twitter participants?
If you had a chance to compete in a reality challenge, what kind of contest would you like it to be? Dancing? Diving? Traveling? Surviving?
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