Parents' Guide to

The Great Escape

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Teams break out of famous lockdowns in tense competition.

TV TNT Reality TV 2012
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Stealthy escapes are a staple of action movies, and there's a reason why: it's exciting to watch people creeping past guards and solving clever puzzles. Even real people are fun to watch -- like the contestants on The Great Escape, who are always pairs of familiars: married couples, family members, friends. Each team explains why they want the Great Escape winnings, which adds a little pathos to the proceedings when you see people who obviously need the money struggling so hard to get it.

But there's not that much time to get to know the contestants, since each week features three new pairs, so the focus is rightfully on the action. There's plenty of it. Contestants have to solve puzzles, follow maps, use compasses, find keys cleverly taped to the insides of old guitars or pushed into a bar of soap. Then they have to sneak past guards with flashlights, tiptoeing past, clinging to walls. When they're captured by the guards, a loudspeaker blares out "Green team, captured" in a cool robotic voice. It's almost as exciting as a sci-fi movie like Escape from New York, or the other Great Escape, even though the stakes are a lot lower. Fans of reality adventure shows should, and probably will, tune to this in droves.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 24, 2012
  • Cast: Rich Eisen
  • Network: TNT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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