Parents' Guide to

The Substitute

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

High school game show mixes education and entertainment.

TV MTV Game Shows 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Amazing for the kids

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While the idea of answering trivia questions for cash and prizes is nothing new, what makes this show unique is the fact that it takes place in a real classroom. As such, the questions asked require knowledge of scholastic information as well as music, celebrities, and other things that most teens find interesting and/or exciting.

Aside from some occasional iffy words and mild sexual references, the show is pretty family friendly. It may also serve as a reminder to kids that paying attention in school can often pay off in ways that they least expect.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 12, 2011
  • Cast: Jon Gabrus
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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