Parents' Guide to

The Crystal Maze

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun, family-friendly game show based on Brit classic.

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This game show, shot with American families in Bristol on the same set used by the UK version, is an exciting show with lots of kid appeal. The youngest child in the family is made captain, and they decide who will participate in each escape room-esque challenge. The tasks can be quite hard, so teams must be strategic and supportive in their advice. The Crystal Maze is detailed and immersive, bringing viewers into each zone with both décor and the nature of the challenges (futuristic tasks are high-tech, for example). Conover brings his signature wit to this series and the vibrantly colored suits he dons add whimsy to the plotting Maze Master persona.

The Crystal Maze can help kids learn about teamwork, identifying strengths, and how to be good winners and graceful losers. Sadly, the show doesn't feature the families negotiating their strategies or processing their failures, which are often important to effective teamwork. However, it seems that the Aztec and Eastern zones represent ancient Aztec and Asian cultures simply for an interesting setting for the challenges. It's unfortunate that Nickelodeon chose not to update these zones, because it's otherwise an enjoyable show, with suspense, laughs and positive messages for the whole family.

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