A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Competition and teamwork are key themes. Some ethical issues are raised about some of the players' decisions throughout the competition.
Positive Role Models
The cast consists of men and women from the United Kingdom and North America. They are of diverse ages, careers, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Some are more ethically-minded than others.
Violence & Scariness
There is some catty arguing, but yelling is limited. People trip and fall. There are discussions about near-death experiences and the death of a child.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some mild innuendo, but nothing sexual is visible. Jokes are made about one contestant being a stripper. Women are sometimes shown in bikinis.
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"Bitch," "d--k," and "s--t" are audible, and stronger words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
There's a large cash prize at stake.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is visible, but they have to brew it themselves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bridge is a British reality competition series set in the wilderness of Northern Wales. Compared to similar stateside produced shows, it's pretty tame. But there is some mild, catty arguing, some sneaky behavior, and cursing ("bitch," "d--k," and "s--t"). There's some mild innuendo, but nothing sexual. Jokes are made about one contestant being a stripper. Women are sometimes shown in bikinis. People sometimes trip or fall, but no injuries are shown. Cast members drink homemade beer.
Is It Any Good?
This voyeuristic reality competition, which is narrated by James McAvoy, is a mild reality competition with Survivor-like elements. There are some catty exchanges, usually due to food scarcity, exhaustion, or frustrations about the lack of leadership. There's also some scheming during the process. The fear of sudden eliminations also adds to the drama.
The overall series feels more subdued than many U.S.-produced realty shows. Disagreements are respectful, and despite the fact that contestants are competing for money, many seem to put more value on the friendships they've made. As long as you're not looking for some over-the-top unscripted entertainment, The Bridge is fun to watch.
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