Parents' Guide to

The Adrenaline Project

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Poor sportsmanship mars teen reality contest.

TV Fox Reality TV 2007
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While the show may inspire your tweens and teens to take an interest in physical activities like the ones it highlights, as a package, The Adrenaline Project is often obnoxious. First there's loud-mouthed Boomer, whose spin on encouragement is frequently riddled with sarcasm ("If you make the wrong decisions, I get to laugh at you!") and insults ("My grandmother can push a wheelchair faster than that!"). Though meant to be funny, his comments could easily be misunderstood by emotional competitors or young viewers. Also annoying are the apparent gray areas in the rules that allow for obvious cheating. For example, in a ropes course -- where the challenge is to grab rings and toss them at targets in the water for extra points -- one teen simply drops them to speed up her time, since none of her peers hit the targets before her. Rather than remind kids to follow the rules, Boomer and Caz seem to admire the contestants' craftiness.

On-camera confessionals (now a standard in reality TV) allow contestants to talk about their competitors out of earshot, and mild trash talk sometimes pops up. Finally, the show is bogged down by the irritating pop-ups that deliver facts ranging from how much mail the postal service delivers to where your adrenal glands are located. Overall, The Adrenaline Project lacks clarity and flow, often falling victim to a herky-jerky style and the antics of the cheesy hosting duo.

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