Parents' Guide to

The Phone

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Timberlake-produced game show is intense but clean.

TV MTV Game Shows 2009
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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 15+

No way

your letting kids watch a show where they risk there life's to earn money. No not good enough for me.This should be for mature teens that know there limits! But over all in entertainment it is excellent but not for bad kids.
age 10+

a must see on mtv!

I ws so excited for this show and i loved in the first five minutes. its not at all inapropriate. there is some violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

As much as you try to remind yourself that what you're seeing isn't real, you can't help but feel anxious for these players as they muddle through what must be an overwhelmingly out-of-body experience. And the thing is, it's downright entertaining. Yes, the so-called "Operator" (Emmett J. Scanlan) who runs the game is a little corny. But after listening to him long enough -- and recovering from the shock of the well-timed pyrotechnics -- you start to feel like you're Harrison Ford's stunt double in Patriot Games.

In short, this is thorughly entertaining escapist television. And thanks to cinema-quality camerawork, high-stakes plot lines, and dramatic pacing, it's easy to forget that it's only a game show.

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