Parents' Guide to

The Mole

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Deceit rules in mind-tickling reality competition.

TV ABC Reality TV 2001
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Among Us The Game Show (without the killing)

I’ve watched Six episodes so far with my 9 Year Old, she is very mature for her age and is not triggered by cursing or fear based competitions in the show. We are both having a great time debating on who’s the mole. She told me that she enjoys this show because it reminds her of the game Among Us of which she plays regular with her friends. I was shocked when I saw the TV- MA rating on Netflix Canada (Rated R) so far I’ve only seen a few minor swear words a couple of f-bombs and some alcohol drinking in a challenge. If your kid likes Among us and Amazing Race this is a great show to watch. Should be rated TV 14 (PG13) at max. If your Child is young but very mature, they will also enjoy this, just like my 9 year old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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First, the bad news -- this series is fraught with the kind of content that we've all come to expect from reality shows, including dramatized conflict, derogatory comments, fragile allegiances, and ulterior motives. Mix that with the greed that comes into play whenever adults compete for cash, and you can expect fiery tempers, mature language, and strong emotions. The Mole takes it even further with the saboteur gimmick -- deception is essential for the game to be a success.

That said, teens and adults who can put the iffy behavior into the context of expertly edited and overly dramatized reality TV will find that The Mole actually attempts to combine entertainment with a cerebral workout. It's fun -- and slightly addictive -- to make mental note of players' actions and try to puzzle out for yourself who might be the bad seed (though at-home viewers are disadvantaged by being at the mercy of the show's editing, which is sure to steer suspicion in the wrong direction for effect.)

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 9, 2001
  • Cast: Jon Kelley
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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