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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 Squad Wars is a competition series from BuzzFeed that's available on YouTube. It contains cursing ("f--k" is partially muted), as well as some occasional shots of shirtless, Speedo-wearing men, but in the context of sport. Some challenges feature some rough moments with animals or staged combat or require the use of guns. It's edgy, but it also highlights the importance of trying new things and the excitement that comes with doing it.
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What's the Story?
SQUAD WARS is a reality competition starring groups of semi-celebrities trying new things and facing off in unique competitions. Hosted by the Try Guys, a foursome known for their online BuzzFeed videos, it features groups or "squads" from popular YouTube series and reality shows such as Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Million Dollar Listing, who must each learn some sort of exercise or activity they've never tried before and then compete using their newfound skills. Two of the Try Guys get to join the squads and participate in the experience, while the remaining two, along with a guest celebrity, judge their work. The winning team gets to take home the giant Tryphy trophy.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted and colorful series features groups of people facing fun and unique challenges they never thought they'd have to face. It's a competition, but most of the fun really comes from watching each squad learn (and often succeeding at) things such as working a NASCAR pit, dancing a Bollywood number, and being real cowboys for a day.
You can't help but laugh at the Try Guys' trademark quick wit, as well as some of the squad members' awkward attempts at things like synchronized swimming. But you also have to admire the spirit of the participants, all of whom are brave and open-minded. Squad Wars is definitely entertaining, but it also shows us how fun it can be to push yourself to try something new.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about trying new things like the characters do on Squad Wars. Why is it important to be willing to do things you've never done before? Is there ever a time that you shouldn't? Is there anything that you've always wanted to try but haven't had the opportunity (or nerve) to? If someone were to give you that chance today, would you do it?
Families can talk about YouTube celebs. What did they do to get famous? Do you have any favorites?
- Premiere date: January 26, 2017
- Cast: Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Eugene Lee Yang
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Reality TV
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: September 4, 2022
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