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The Moment of Truth

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Exploitative game distorts the value of truth.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show flat-out exploits contestants' deeply personal (and often embarrassing) details about their lives for entertainment. Many of the questions deal with questionable behavior like excessive gambling, cheating on a partner, etc. Some of the questions also put friends and family in uncomfortable or compromising positions. While the show is the main party at fault, you have to wonder why people would choose to put themselves in this position in the first place -- presumably for the money, which means greed is also an issue here.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing sensitive is shown, but many of the questions deal with past relationships, adultery, sexual orientation, and questionable sexual behavior.

Language

Occasional use of words like "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No consumption is shown, but some questions allude to excessive drinking and illegal drug use/smuggling.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this exploitative game show focuses more on scandal than winning, putting contestants in the hot seat by having them answer very personal, awkward questions while they're hooked up to a lie detector. The show sends a distorted message about the value of telling the truth, suggesting that honesty isn't always the best policy. Plus, it's clear that questions are intended to humiliate or otherwise upset the contestants, and some deal with mature themes like sexual orientation, stealing, and adultery.

What's the story?

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH is a game show that requires contestants to honestly answer 21 personally revealing questions in front of a national audience -- and, more significantly, in front of their closest friends and family. Every "honest" answer (as determined by a polygraph test before the competition) gets them one step closer to the $500,000 prize. Throughout the game, contestants squirm as they're presented with questions that have been purposely designed to make them uncomfortable and embarrassed ("Would you cheat on your spouse if you knew you could get away with it?" "Have you ever lied to get a job?"). If it gets to be too much, they can take smaller jackpots and run, but if they ever answer incorrectly, they're out of the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The show takes on a scandalous, tabloid-like quality as contestants divulge dark secrets about everything from personal grooming habits to illicit online affairs. Exaggeratedly long pauses between responses make the theatrics feel even more over-the top while spouses, friends, and family members are shown anxiously wondering whether they can handle the truth about the person they thought they knew.

It's bad enough that the contestants are willing to exploit themselves and risk publicly hurting their loved ones on national television for prize money -- especially when they don't get the chance to explain their answers fully, which makes them seem more illicit than they probably are. But the worst part about this show is that it distorts the value of truth, making it seem like honesty isn't always the best policy. There's no point in watching this show unless you're interested in the trashy details it reveals, because in the end, there are really no winners here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how television can blur the line between entertainment and exploitation. Is sensationalism ever a good way to entertain audiences? Why do you think people are willing to go on national television and get put in humiliating situations? Does anyone really get hurt by it? Families can also discuss the importance of telling the truth. Is honesty always the best policy? Why or why not?

TV details

Premiere date:January 23, 2008
Cast:Mark L. Walberg
Network:Fox
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

this is cruel

from the first time i saw a preview for this show i knew i had to watch it,so i did and it was terible tje plot is of someone ruining there own life 4 money,answering personal questions like 'have you ever had sex with one of your neighbors wives' while the mans wife was in the audience,parents no offense but if you let your kid see this show you are bumbling idiots
Teen, 13 years old Written bytweeni February 16, 2010

o.k. for older teens but not for tweens or kids

WOW. very revealing. although some may find the answers to the questions funny, relationships and families are completely destroyed. the worst part is this is the show's theme. the show focuses on the sex and drinking of the answerer. i wouldn't reccomend this to teens younger than 13... and still sensitive for us...
Teen, 16 years old Written bygorehaunter August 13, 2009
Hmmm i used to watch this, umm... this show is pretty bad for life, than more for innapropriaccy. Showing your secrets and sexual desires just for money is bad, this is total greed. Not very innapropriatte, but Its bad for your realistic life. A few teengaers and adults like this kind of show, because of the darish moment and stuff. Light spirited souls can watch this, but some people that learn from TV shows and have caused bad real life problems a lot can learm a lot from this show. It's either watch it when youre a VERY young child, or watch it when youre a purified adult soul. like going to church every sunday and singing there too. so however, young kids cant really see the bad side of the show. Its eithere kid or purified adult, if shown to teenagers, they will learn some mental sexual stuff, which is very bad. ages 5 to 7 or adult 28+ with purified soul.
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