A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a competition, but part of the series is about revisiting the contestants' past and thinking about who they are now.
Positive Role Models
The diverse cast tries to support each other, even if they’re not friends. Some contestants have more personal reasons for competing than winning the money. Others seek to make amends for things they did in the past.
Violence & Scariness
Though safety gear is used, the stunts are potentially dangerous. Sometimes people fall or hit themselves during challenges. Bloody wounds are occasionally visible. Flashbacks of earlier episodes reveal screaming matches and physical altercations between cast members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about crushes, flirtations, and relationships from earlier incarnations of The Challenge. Occasional sexy outfits and dancing.
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Lots of cursing, ranging from words like "damn," “bitch," and "ass" to "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Constant references to different installments of The Challenge franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink beer and wine at parties, but contestants don’t party like they did when they were younger.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Challenge: All Stars features older and wiser cast members from the original MTV franchise competing in an extreme reality competition. This streaming series is uncensored, so expect lots of cursing (including "damn," "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "f--k"). Flashbacks from earlier shows feature arguments and physical altercations; in the present day, disagreements are verbal. Likewise, there are parties where contestants drink, but they don't revel in the wild social events as they did when younger. The challenges are still dangerous, and despite the use of safety gear, people occasionally get hurt. Viewers of all ages should be reminded not to try these activities at home.
Is It Any Good?
This formulaic but fun-for-fans series offers viewers the old-standby MTV reality competition format with tempered interpersonal drama. Most of the contestants -- who are now in their 30s and 40s and have careers, families, and more life experience -- are interested in having fun, but they don't have the stamina to party like they did during their earlier reality show appearances. They also handle disagreements more maturely. While all the contestants are competing for the cash prize, some clearly are also participating in The Challenge for more personal reasons.
The competitions are over the top, and nomination periods can sometimes be tense, but it's the nostalgia that will pull in most viewers. Old disagreements and previous relationships are rehashed, and reminders of past entanglements are woven through the new episodes. It's hard not to chuckle at some of the cast, many of whom haven't competed in an MTV challenge show in decades, when they discuss their age or talk about their aches and pains. Viewers unfamiliar with the MTV franchise may not find The Challenge: All Stars very exciting, but fans of the original series will enjoy the blasts from the past.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.