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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Creative celebrity challenge game show is lots of fun.

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Simultaneously smart and absurd, this American remake of the hit English game show is a gas. Taskmaster has done three things right: first, it imported Alex Horne from the original version, and the dry comic has great chemistry with the stern-seeming Watts. Second, the challenges contestants must undergo are entertainingly awkward and bizarre: getting a basketball to go through a hoop without using your hands, performing a stunt that will look entertaining when the film is viewed backwards, putting on a onesie in a tiny pop-up tent. And third, the celebrity contestants are both game and fun to watch.

Of the cast, Ron Funches quickly emerges as the fan favorite, giggling his way infectiously through every ridiculous challenge. Bouncing on a tiny pony around a ring, he admits "I forgot what the challenge is!" During a pause in one challenge, filmed sitting in contemplation, Watts notes that he found himself "a thinking spot," while Funches says that he found himself "a place to get a little high." Given the tone of this show, it might have improved his game, who knows? This series is a bit too naughty for tweens, but teens weaned on YouTube challenges might find this amusing to watch.

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