A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most contestants are competing for something that would be useful to themselves or others. Some wishes include gifts for loved ones or ways to protect animals. Normal game show greed is minimal.
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes may briefly mention things like illness or family loss.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
"Dream Girls" wear short, slinky dresses and escort contestants off stage.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional co-branded advertisements (Toyota) link the end of a segment with the commercial break.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this unique game show puts the audience in charge of making contestants' dreams -- which usually involve needing money -- come true. Dreams run the gamut from the selfless (starting an animal sanctuary) to the more predictable (improving one's looks or giving romantic gifts to partners). Competition is generally tame and civil but occasionally includes mild insults. In one episode, a contestant briefly mentions children with cancer dying. The "Great American Dream Girls" -- who don't speak and wear short, slinky dresses -- make brief but regular appearances to deliver voting results to the host and escort losers off stage.
Is It Any Good?
As Osmond makes clear in his introduction, none of the contestants' dreams will save people's lives, but they all have the potential to change lives significantly, since the chance to open a business or help a family member is surely a dream of many real folks. For the most part, the contestants seem sincere and legitimate, rather than overly polished or exceptionally articulate. This adds a genuine feel to the competition -- but it doesn't make up for the repetitiveness of the contestants' pitches (which unfortunately ends up making the show rather boring).
Parents will find little objectionable material in Great American Dream Vote, though whether there's anything particularly valuable here either is another question. Even though folks are competing against one another, they don't tend to be nasty while doing it -- a few snide remarks is about as bad as it gets.
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