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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Dude Perfect Show is a fun, family-friendly series in which the cast devises over-the-top stunts, trick shots, and variations on sporting events. The Dudes are five longtime friends (and a sibling set) who have managed to make a living out of imagining and executing impressive athletic feats, first in web videos and now on their own TV show. Many episodes show them matching wits in variations of basketball, soccer, pool, and other games, and even though the competition can be fierce among the friends, it's all in good-natured fun. In some cases, kids may need a reminder about basic safety practices and what kinds of stunts are not appropriate to try on their own since the Dudes and their team make all their tricks look like so much fun.
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What's the story?
What do you get when you mix five college buddies with an infinite supply of sports-themed contests and stunts? You get THE DUDE PERFECT SHOW, a comedy-sports series in which five friends challenge each other to feats of athletic prowess ... and they all need a little luck. The guys -- Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, and twins Cory and Coby Cotton -- and their panda mascot take competition to the next level with inventions such as H-O-R-S-E on horseback and rev up nontraditional sports such as lawn mower racing with creative twists in battle videos. Often they go on location to meet professional athletes and invite their help in staging their tricks.
Is it any good?
After amassing a dedicated following with their internet videos, the Dudes make the move to TV with little fanfare but much success. This series delivers more of what fans love about the guys and their games on the bigger scale that TV affords, alternating with off-the-cuff scenes showing the guys hanging out just being themselves. Their antics are always entertaining, made even more so by the kind of camaraderie that comes from goofing off with your best friends.
Kids who follow professional sports will especially enjoy episodes that feature the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Aaron Rodgers in advisory or participatory roles. Changing venues and including guests on The Dude Perfect Show helps keep the content fresh and unpredictable between stunts, making viewers want to come back for more.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about celebrity status and how it's earned. How has the internet changed who becomes famous and why? What role do fans play in this new arrangement? Does it also change what we define as entertainment? How do shows like The Dude Perfect Show fit into it?
Are any of the Dudes' stunts and games particularly dangerous? What precautions do they take to protect themselves from injury? Are they enough?
Can lessons be learned from TV shows such as this one? Is it important to be educated while you're being entertained? What hobbies do you enjoy and that have educational value?
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