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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Team Ninja Warrior is a spin-off of the highly popular American Ninja Warrior series (which is itself based off the Japanese reality show Sasuke). Super-buff men and women compete in teams to race through a jaw-dropping obstacle course. Not everyone will make it, and there are some painful-looking mishaps, but nothing too graphic. Some of the team members engage in playful bragging about how tough they are and how their team will reign supreme, but there's really no trash-talking of the other players -- it's pretty respectful. Kids can and should be reminded to not try these stunts at home.
What's the story?
On American Ninja Warrior, super-buff men and women (the "ninjas") strive to complete increasingly difficult challenges on an obstacle course. It's all about ninja versus obstacles, whereas the spin-off Team Ninja Warrior is a dual race, pitting ninja against ninja as they make their way through the course side by side. There are 28 teams in all, each comprised of two men and one woman -- previous ANW competitors and fan favorites. Week by week, competitors are eliminated as the ninjas speed toward the finals, where one team will take home the prize (an undisclosed cash sum plus bragging rights). The festivities are hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, with additional sideline commentary provided by Alex Curry of FOX Sports.
Is it any good?
Even folks without a sporty bone in their body may find themselves cheering on the competitors as they swing, climb, hop and crawl their way through increasingly challenging obstacles. Folks who do have that sporty bone will probably dig Team Ninja Warrior even more. Previous viewers of American Ninja Warrior will likely enjoy seeing their fave personalities back in action, and seeing the contenders race to beat each other gives this spin-off an arguably more exciting edge over the original.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means to show good sportsmanship, and how team members show support for one another in Team Ninja Warrior.
What kind of training regimen do you think a contestant has to endure to make it onto one of these shows? How far do you think an average person could make it through one of these obstacle courses without practice?
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