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 in the game show Take It All, contestants attempt to take valuable prizes from their competitors in order to win. It's pretty mild, but contestants will often lie in order to convince people to give up their prizes and/or to win the game. Prizes include product and service brands like Miller Lite, Molly Maids, and GE.
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What's the story?
Contestants on game show TAKE IT ALL -- which is hosted by Howie Mandel -- select and open prizes ranging from luxury cars and jewelry to dream vacations and VIP experiences. As each of the five players joins the game, they have the option of either stealing a prize already opened by a previous contestant or opening a new prize to see if it's more valuable.Those who want to keep a prize from being taken can lock it in, but they leave themselves open to having more expensive prizes taken from them later on. The person who has the lowest-valued prize at the end of each round is eliminated. The two players left in the final round must try to decide whether they're going to try to keep the individual prizes they have or take it all. If both players secretly decide to keep their own prizes, they each get to keep them. If only one of them decides to take it all, s/he who makes that decision gets to keep everything. But if both contestants decide to take it all, both of them go home empty-handed.
Is it any good?
Take It All is modeled after holiday gift/white elephant exchange games in which people choose gifts and trade them in an attempt to get something they really want. But unlike these party games, the idea of winning expensive gifts gives Take It All some edge and heightens some of the contestants' emotional responses.
Viewers may enjoy trying to pick and choose which prizes are worth more than others. The show's online interactive features may also be potentially appealing. But some may find a few of the final contestants' attempts to con people into trusting them by lying or telling emotional stories -- in order to get them to make the wrong choice -- a little disturbing. Still, if you're a game show fan, chances are that you'll enjoy the tension created by this high-stakes game.