The Almost Impossible Game Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Silly competition can be funny but has sexism, language.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

People will do anything for cash.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The players are good sports. 

Violence

People slip, fall hard, drop things, moan in pain. Protective gear used. 

Sex

Occasional innuendo, sexist jokes about men, women; slow motion of bouncing breasts. 

Language

"Damn," "ass," "bitch"; endless bleeped curses.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking, looking drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Almost Impossible Game Show features adults competing in outlandish challenges for a cash prize. There's a lot of funny banter, but it's full of iffy language, bleeped cursing, and sexual comments, including some very sexist humor (like a slow-motion shot of bouncing breasts during a challenge). References to drinking and looking drunk are common. Safety gear is used, and no one gets seriously hurt, but viewers of all ages shouldn't try these stunts at home. 

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What's the story?

Narrated by the Irish hip-hop duo the Rubberbandits, THE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE GAME SHOW features six adults competing in outlandish challenges in hopes of winning some cash. Each contestant must get through rounds of goofy challenges, which include blindfolded musical chairs or picking up pastries on a giant treadmill rapidly moving in the opposite direction. They're given 10 tries to complete each one. However, each contestant is only given 40 overall chances, or "lives," to stay in the game; after that, they're disqualified. Whoever gets through the most challenges without running out of lives wins the cash and a shiny little trophy. 

Is it any good?

This fun adaptation of a popular Irish game show offers all the goofy humor the original is known for, but it's a bit edgy for younger teens. Much of the fun comes from the narration, which ranges from quick, witty banter to politically incorrect comments. Contestants' personalities add to the overall vibe, especially when they play up to the cameras. 

It's silly, and many won't appreciate some of the show's sexist moments, even though the hosts fully acknowledge the impropriety of their words. But if you're looking for a mindless viewing experience that might elicit a chuckle or two, you may find The Almost Impossible Game Show worth tuning into.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people appear on shows that make them perform silly, potentially injury-causing stunts. Is it for the cash? For fun? To be on camera? Is it appropriate for game shows like Almost Impossible Game Show to poke fun at their own contestants? 

  • Are sexist comments ever OK, even if they're meant to be funny?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 13, 2016
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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