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Stranded with a Million Dollars

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Drone-filled survival show emphasizes greed, selfishness.

TV MTV Reality TV 2017
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The voyeuristic and ruthless survival-themed series forces contestants to put a price tag on their basic needs at a time when their lives at are at their most vulnerable. It takes on a Hunger Games-like quality as people find it less necessary to cooperate with each other and more prone to making self-serving (and expensive) decisions as they get hungrier, thirstier, and more exhausted. The show's reliance on drone technology, which is used to deliver items and follow their every move, only adds to this.

Unlike tv shows like Survivor, each contestant must remove her/himself from the game, eliminating the need for group elimination challenges and power alliances. Nonetheless, there's still plenty of strategizing and sneaky behavior as each contestant looks for ways to get others to spend less money and self-evacuate in order to win a bigger cash prize. This includes pouncing on struggling contestants and cunningly pressuring them to leave. Fans of these types of shows will find it entertainingly different, but Stranded With A Million Dollars is also decidedly disturbing.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 21, 2017
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 13, 2022

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