A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Big Fib is a game show in which kid contestants attempt to identify the dishonest party between two adults who answer questions on the same topic. Each episode puts a kid on the spot to ask questions related to the field in which both panelists claim to be experts and then to choose which of the two is lying. As such, being a convincing actor (er, liar) is a beneficial skill for the posing party to have, and if he is very good, the young player will lose the game by naming the wrong liar. This fun and funny show has broad appeal and will entertain families, and the facts that are shared by the actual expert can teach the audience a thing or two. That said, parents can also use the show to talk with kids about honesty and the consequences of telling fibs in the real world.
What's the story?
Are kids the best at spotting a lie? THE BIG FIB puts that theory to the test by challenging young contestants to name the poser between two adults claiming to be experts in the same field. Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and her comical robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E. (Rhys Darby), this competition series puts two adults -- one a true expert on a topic like medicine, insects, or superheroes, and the other just a really convincing liar -- in front of a kid who must suss out the fibber through a series of questions and other knowledge tests. If the contestant guesses correctly, they go home with a trophy and the poser is doused with foam onstage.
Is it any good?
This quirky game show is a surprising win for the family entertainment lineup of Disney+. It’s well paced, well produced, and not entirely predictable from the start, which can’t always be said for a series that’s trying to appeal to both kids and their parents. What parts are corny -- especially the dad-joke-slinging C.L.I.V.E and the silly warm-up round that pairs an expert with an obvious fibber -- are intentionally so rather than accidentally. It’s also a mostly unique concept for a competition series, so there’s a considerable curiosity factor at play.
That said, The Big Fib is predicated on the idea that lying isn’t just a skill, it’s a talent, and there’s a certain amount of celebration when the true fibber is convincing enough that the contestant believes him and thus loses the game. Even though the show’s content is fine for general family viewing, it’s important to help young kids especially understand the difference between the fibbing that goes on in the game and the kind of fibbing (even convincing fibbing at that) that can get them into trouble.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dishonesty and how it is presented in this game show. Is being able to lie well rewarded in this contest? In your experience, does this system ever translate to the real world? How does dishonesty relate to a person's integrity?
What, if anything, did you learn from The Big Fib? Did any of the panelists' answers help you identify the fibber? Do you think that teaching or sharing knowledge is a goal of this series?
What games and other activities does your family enjoy together? What skills do we gain from games and contests?
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