A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The challengers (or "ninjas") are praised for their stamina, strength, and agility -- both mental and physical. There's a big emphasis on teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Each team is made up of two men and one woman, which is nice to see in a male-dominated field. Team members are full of praise for one another, even if they don't finish the course. Viewers get to see that youth doesn't always win out when an "old" challenger (as in, early 40s) handily defeats a competitor half his age.
Violence & Scariness
Sometimes a ninja will go toppling off course and land in an awkward or seemingly painful position, but there's really nothing too graphic or gross.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Challengers are usually clad in tight sportswear, but nothing more revealing than what you'd see on an average beach (in some cases, their outfits are actually less revealing than that).
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Products & Purchases
Sponsor logos are sometimes visible from the course.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.