A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The competition series emphasizes teamwork. Friendships, failed relationships, and other themes from previous reality contests are also brought up.
Positive Role Models
Everyone is trying to find a strategy for winning, but some are more sneaky or self-interested than others.
The contestants are mainly White and Black; a few from other racial/ethnic backgrounds. One cast member identifies himself as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Violence & Scariness
Many of the challenges are dangerous, and sometimes contestants struggle or faint during the competition. Safety gear is worn. Folks engage in catty behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's lots of tension surrounding previous love matches, along with some flirtatious banter. Themes like infidelity are also addressed.
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Words like "bitch," "hell," "crap," "damn," and "ass" are used. Stronger curses are bleeped (with mouths blurred).
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Products & Purchases
Paramount+ is plugged, as is the franchise's future global tournament. The cast wears uniforms with the Under Armor logo on it.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine and champagne is occasionally visible during social gatherings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Challenge: USA, a contemporary installment of The Challenge franchise, features cast members from popular reality competitions (e.g., Survivor, Big Brother) vying for cash and a chance to participate in a future international tournament. The competitions are intense and often feature risky activities (safety gear is worn). There's also lots of strong language (curses are bleeped) and tensions between cast mates from previous series, including failed love matches, are often discussed. The logo for Under Armor is prominently featured, and the Paramount+ network is plugged. Viewers should never try any of the featured challenge activities at home.
Is It Any Good?
The energetic, semi-formulaic series features cast members from various seasons of primetime competitions pushing themselves for a chance to win cash. Despite some twists, it follows a pattern of extreme activities and competitive behavior one has come to expect from these types of shows. Meanwhile, there are conversations about things that happened in prior competitions (accompanied with limited archive video), and lots of underhanded strategizing as players try to figure out how to negotiate the game, avenge former cast mates, and protect their own interests. If you're a fan of the franchise, or follow the reality shows these cast members hail from, you'll find The Challenge: USA very entertaining.
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