Parents' Guide to

The Gong Show

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

'70s talent show reboot highlights the wacky and weird.

TV ABC Game Shows 2017
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Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

as stupid as it looked

ok I am sorry if your a fan of this show but I just couldn't stand it I thought the previews looked very very stupid but decided to go against my better judgement and try it and all I can say is I cant believe this show actually made it to tv absolutely terrible

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Too much violence
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If your favorite part of the old American Idol series was the early audition episodes where the judges make fun of the delusional, questionably-talented hopefuls, this show may be right up your alley. The primary function of these acts isn't that they're marketable (or even palatable), it's that they're memorably weird. The Gong Show isn't where you'll see a sincere young girl strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out a self-penned ballad to an appreciative audience. This is, however, one of the only places you are likely to see a married couple who have developed an entire acrobatic act centered on spitting chewed-up bananas into each other's mouths.

Whether or not you dig the show's schtick is dependent upon your tolerance level for lowbrow humor and cheesy performances. Wacky is the name of the game, right down to the choice of host: comedic actor Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Shrek), who appears uncredited in the guise of British comedy star "Tommy Maitland," whose ribald sense of humor and manic energy are downright Benny Hill-esque. We've seen Myers do this type of thing before -- calling people "cheeky monkeys" is his go-to -- but it's oddly fitting for this zany throwback of a show. The overall ridiculousness wears thin at times, but viewers looking to see something different will definitely hit pay dirt.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 22, 2017
  • Cast: Mike Myers
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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