Parents' Guide to

The Great Escapists

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Silly, contrived reality show highlights STEM, competition.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Fully enjoyed this at 41 years of age.

Definitely a show which could affectively help refine the intellectual accumen of most humans. Also, it is fun.
age 18+

Enjoyable but it's very obviously scripted

It's entertaining but you'll probably hate it if you aren't a fan of Hammond,the show contains a lit of quips that parents or young teens will understand whilst going over most younger kids heads, the show prefaced with the word unscripted but it very obviously is,thus isn't necessarily a bad thing though,just don't expect ot to be completely off the cuff. Overall the show is great at your attention and would even give those with an interest lessons on engineering and science whilst providing humour to those who are less interested in those elements (excuse the pun),the two hosts do a good job at working together and it's actually quite refreshing to see Richard with someone else other than James and/or Jeremy. Overall I'd probably give it a 6 out of 10 as it's definitely worth a watch at least once but it probably isn't something you'd want to watch more than once

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The contrived STEM-themed series mixes some silly, masculinity-driven theatrics with designing and building mechanical objects to demonstrate how creativity and a commitment to problem-solving can lead to important, and sometimes life-saving, inventions. From building cars to drag heavy items from one side of the island to another without straining themselves too much, to designing a steam engine that can help push a raft across the ocean, the two look for ways to survive, keep themselves busy, and to get off the island safely.

There are things folks will learn here and there, but much of the show is driven by the over-the-top (and somewhat forced) banter between the two men, who then fight each other using the machines they've made out of wood and other items. Meanwhile, a lot of the supposedly random objects they find on the island include hand held tools, netting, and other convenient items. It's certainly not a survivalist show, but if you're into building machines of all sorts, you might find The Great Escapists worth tuning into.

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