Parents' Guide to

The Gymkhana Files

By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Swearing and fast driving rule in lackluster reality show.

The Gymkhana Files Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Good watch, but takes the fun out of it

Kids might not love this because there is a bunch of commentary behind it. Also, I think it can take the fun out of the Gymkhana videos on YouTube since you see them try the same stunt over and over again until they get it right

This title has:

Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Well produced and expertly shot, you're either going to be interested in the cars and racing subject matter or you're not. If you're a fan of the YouTube videos that Block has produced or if you like watching souped up cars go fast and don't mind watching what is essentially a slick, multi-episode commercial for a millionaire's vanity project, than this show is for you. As likable as Ken Block comes across, it's difficult to care about him and his quest to make Gymkhana 10. Due to his status as a wealthy entrepreneur who took up racing as a hobby after making his millions, the stakes here are so incredibly low, they're almost non-existent -- what's the worst thing that could happen if they don't get the shot because of rain? Can't Block just pay for another day of shooting? There's a large amount of context that's left unexplained.

A project like this does make you think: Would this show be more interesting if it was about an industry you had any connection to, for example, filmmaking? Would you watch a 10-episode series about the making of one of the Marvel movies? These are the kinds of questions you might want to ask yourself before sitting down and committing to watching The Gymkhana Files.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate