A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Life events can be painful, traumatizing, have a long-term impact on people, but can also be used to have some laughs and win money.
Positive Role Models
The comedians find humor in every situation, but also feel bad for many people they see. They are supportive of contestants.
Violence & Scariness
Video excerpts feature people falling, being attacked by animals, etc., but no blood or gore is shown. Descriptions of injuries and other events, some of which include post-event photos of healed amputations and other injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo in the form of jokes; some crude references, including "boobs" and "t-ts."
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Words like "hell" and "bitch" audible. "Boobs," "t-ts." Bathroom humor.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional jokes about drinking, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Misery Index is a comedy game show where people rank miserable, specific, real-life scenarios in hopes of winning a cash prize. There's lots of sexual innuendo, including some crude references to body parts, as well as bathroom humor and occasional strong language. Social media posts describe painful events, and images and videos sometimes show people involved in freak accidents, being chased by wild animals, and other potentially miserable situations. Post-event injuries are sometimes shown, but no blood or gore is shown.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the card game Sh*t Happens, this irreverent show mixes humor and competition by requiring comedians to guess how painful, traumatizing, or impactful someone's bad situation is, for cash. However, while The Misery Index isn't meant to be mean spirited, audiences will probably find themselves laughing more at the videos and social media posts featured than at the one-liners, which often fall flat. But despite the attempts at humor, the cast often appears sensitive to, and even horrified by, what's shown and described to them. Some may not appreciate what The Misery Index has to offer, but folks who like off-the-wall comedy may find it fun.
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