The Chase

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Jeopardy-inspired show covers history, science, culture.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The Chase pits new contestants against some of the best Jeopardy champions of all time, and the new contestants often succeed in beating them.

Positive Role Models

Contestants display a wide array of knowledge and explain their logic behind making guesses to questions they don't know.

Violence

Violence sometimes pops up in the trivia questions. For example, there are questions about someone who was beheaded and someone who was stabbed.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Trivia questions on The Chase often make references to products, entertainment, and pop culture.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Chase is a quiz show where the contestants compete against some of the all-time great Jeopardy contestants to win money. Though the show features Jeopardy alum and references the show throughout, viewers do not need to be familiar with Jeopardy to enjoy The Chase. Answers do not need to be given in the form of a question. Trivia ranges from history and science to pop culture. One unique thing about The Chase is that both the contestants and the "chasers" (the Jeopardy alums) often explain how they arrived at their answers to multiple choice questions. For student viewers, hearing about this deductive reasoning can be incredibly valuable.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjwoo249919 June 15, 2021

Game Show doesn't Pay

The game show is educational and intelligent but the production has it all wrong when it comes to paying guest.
They work very hard and often times go home with... Continue reading
Adult Written byShirley Davis June 5, 2021

Hurtful and rigged

I tuned in because I admired Ken Jennings. Who knew he could be as arrogant and hurtful as the other brainiacs. This show is everything you don't want your... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat July 7, 2021

Very good

I used to not like this show, but now it has grew on me. It’s very good. These parents need to let it grow on them like I did.

What's the story?

THE CHASE is a quiz show where contestants compete against some of the all-time best Jeopardy champions. Each episode features three new contestants battling one expert "chaser." Each contestant takes turns "banking" money by answering trivia questions. The chasers then try to "catch" the contestants by answering more trivia questions than they did. If the chaser catches up to the contestant, they are eliminated. If not, the banked money goes into a prize pool. In the end, the contestants work as a team to answer more trivia questions than the chasers and split the prize pool if they are successful. 

Is it any good?

Game shows tend to succeed or fail on simplicity. If a viewer can tune in at any point in the show and have a reasonable understanding of what's happening, the game is probably pretty good. The Chase may be inspired by Jeopardy, but it takes the central appeal of that show -- trivia from a wide array of topics -- and adds a bunch of rules and twists that don't necessarily improve the game. Sometimes the structure even distracts from the competition, like when the "chasers" that aren't competing comment on the contestants. Of course, it's unfair to compare a new show to an all-time great (even if The Chase openly invites that comparison), but this game show might be more fun if it simply featured contestants answering trivia questions against trivia masters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about trivia. Which types of questions do you excel at answering? Where could you be stronger?

  • How do the non-trivia elements of the show affect how The Chase is played? Why do the contestants make the choices they make? Is there a "right" way to play this game?

  • Did you learn anything about how contestants or experts prepare for the show? What skills beyond raw knowledge do contestants need to succeed?

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