The Quest

 
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Fun fantasy/reality competition with a few scares.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The contestants work to complete their quest, which involves being strong, smart, and brave. Men and women compete on an equal level (and in identical costumes), and challenges are designed to bring out many different types of strengths.

Positive role models

Contestants are largely likable average people who are called upon to act bravely. Some rise to the challenge; others don't. Viewers are given some time to get to know each one as people, which makes the challenges more interesting. Men and women compete equally.

Violence

Realistic scenes mixed with fantasy violence, swordplay, battles on horseback, and mystical, scary monsters that loom out of the mist. The combination may be particularly scary and confusing for young children.

Sex
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Language

Infrequent language such as, "We're getting the hell out of here."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Quest is a show that blends elements of fantasy with reality TV, and, for families who like both these things, this could be a great watch-together series. Expect a few terrifying monsters who leer out of the misty darkness or villains who threaten violence, but kids sophisticated enough to understand that the threat is imaginary, particularly those who have a fondness for gothic/fantasy imagery, will watch this show enthusiastically. Aside from the few scares, there's really no iffy content. In addition, men and women compete equally and in identical costumes in challenges calculated to bring out various kinds of strengths, which sends a powerful message of equality.

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What's the story?

Magical heroic quests are a staple in the fantasy lives of imaginative kids. And, on new series THE QUEST, they're the centerpiece of a unique blend of fantasy and reality on which 12 contestants compete to see which one can be called the One True Hero. Engineered by the executive producers behind the Lord of the Rings movie series and the creators and producers of The Amazing Race, The Quest gives its contestants the task of saving the mythical word of Everealm by working their way through a series of competitive tasks. On each episode, another contestant is culled and asked to wait out the rest of the competition until only the One True Hero remains.

Is it any good?

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For a certain geeky/quirky section of the world's population, The Quest will be absolute catnip. There are lantern-lit explorations of mysterious woods, beautiful stone-faced women in gowns acting as Fates, chain mail, and horses stomping their hooves. Add to that a lot of screen time spent showing us that this type of adventure is the absolute pinnacle of the contestants' fantasy lives, and you have a recipe for some pretty sweet TV.

The Quest is pretty silly, of course, but so is most fantasy. In contrast to many reality shows that torture its participants, The Quest shows it's having a heck of a lot of fun. That's likely to at least amuse fantasy fans who wouldn't mind sleeping in a castle and learning how to operate a medieval arrow-flinging scorpion for a few weeks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the format of The Quest. Is it very different from that of other reality shows? How? Consider music, dialogue, setting, and plot in your reply.

  • Is the viewer meant to like the contestants? Only certain contestants? How can you tell who you're supposed to like and who you're not?

  • Does it look like fun to be on The Quest? Would you want to compete? What do the contestants win? Is the prize worth competing for, in your opinion?

TV details

Network:ABC
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent Written byBeckyDee January 16, 2015
 

For all who dream of being the "One True Hero"

This show is so fun to watch, even if reality shows aren't your genre, take a look at this one as the sets are stunning (like GOT or LOTR) and the (mostly) good-hearted competitors make this fantasy-adventure themed show a favorite with my tween and teenager. The back stories of the competitors lives are particularly compelling, and you will soon find yourself rooting for the "one true hero," even if it seems goofy at first! I actually was surprised by CSM's age 12 rating on this one, it seems ok for younger viewers. We're 6 episodes into it and the positives (teamwork, conversations about the qualities of a hero, and empowerment messages) far outweigh the negatives (brilliant make up and special effects that may startle young ones who aren't familiar with the fantasy genre). Bottom line, if your child loves The Hobbit and slays imaginary dragons in your backyard with a Nerf sword, this show is for you!
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Great role models
Educator Written byBigchris August 1, 2014
 

I wish all reality shows could be like this

I had been wanting to see this for awhile and wow it certainly did. Not let me down best reality show on tv today I loved the action and adventure good for both sexes
Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski August 5, 2014
 

I really can't think of a rating

But I kind of like this show.

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