A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The experts share interesting facts about their work and respective areas of expertise, but as viewers don't know until the show's end who's telling the truth and who's lying through their teeth, it's hard to use the series as a learning opportunity.
A mixed bag. This game show is decent family entertainment and has similar appeal for adults and kids, and those participants who are who they claim to be share some intriguing information about a variety of topics. But the entertainment value is predicated on one of the two panelists lying effectively and attempting to trick the contestants with their convincing performances.
Positive Role Models
In every episode, one of the two adult panelists is there to try to trick the young contestant with a convincing series of lies as part of the game.
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.
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.
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