Supermarket Sweep

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Super fun reboot features lively host, mildly edgy jokes.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

It's a game show that requires people to know their grocery items and shop fast for cash. It's all in good fun, but teamwork is important. 

Positive Role Models

Contestants are from all walks of life. Leslie Jones is Black, and often points this out in the context of jokes. Contestants are all good sports and keep their senses of humor. 

Violence

Nothing violent, but on occasion contestants will yell or be pushy towards one another. On occasion Leslie Jones insults a sidekick as a joke. 

Sex

Some occasional mild sexual innuendo that will likely go over young kids' heads. 

Language

Words like "damn," "ass," and "hell" are audible. "Jesus" is also used. 

Consumerism

The series centers on people’s knowledge of brands, logos, and mascots for grocery items. Brands of items on the shelves are also visible, but not in close range. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reboot of Supermarket Sweep is a lot like the original game show, which lets contestants show off their grocery product knowledge and ability to grab tons of items off supermarket shelves. It also contains some subtle innuendo that will go over kids’ heads, some strong language, and, of course, lots of product brand names, logos, and mascots. All this being said, it’s a fun, and family-friendly show given fresh energy by lively host Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live). 

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What's the story?

SUPERMARKET SWEEP is a lively game show reboot that features teams of people showing off their knowledge of consumer brands, and their ability to quickly grab thousands of dollars worth of grocery products off the shelves. Hosted by Leslie Jones, the game features  three teams of two being quizzed on the names and mascots of a wide-range of grocery products. Every question answered correctly wins them more time on the clock. Once these rounds are over, a member of each team is allowed to run around the store and collect as many groceries as they can within the specified amount of time. They also have a chance to collect bonus items worth money. The team that checks out with the most expensive grocery haul gets the chance to compete for a $100K.  

Is it any good?

The fourth revival of the popular series, which originated in 1965, offers lots of high-energy amusement as players work their way through quizzes and grocery aisles. But what makes the series thoroughly entertaining is Leslie Jones, thanks to her fun personality and hosting style. The honest anxiety she expresses as the teams try to beat the clock during grand prize sweep also adds to the fray. 

There are only a few slight game updates, which will please fans of the show’s earlier incarnations. But the presence of some sidekicks, including a security guard and grocery clerk, are a little weird. Nonetheless, Supermarket Sweep offers lots of lighthearted entertainment that will delight a whole new generation of viewers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Supermarket Sweep so popular. Is it the focus on recognizable brand names and images? Or is the fun of watching people "shop" like mad? Do you think you'd be good this game? 

  • The brands and logos featured on the series aren’t strictly being featured with a commercial intent, but what impact can showing them potentially have on kids?  Is there be a way to play this game without featuring popular products?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 18, 2020
  • Cast: Leslie Jones
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • Character strengths: Teamwork
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 5, 2020

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