A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a game, but there's lots of lying, sneaking around, and manipulation that costs faithful players the game and the prize.
Positive Role Models
The traitors often feel bad about what they are doing, but not enough to stop doing it. Some folks are better liars than others.
The contestants are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds. The host and some contestants are open members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Violence & Scariness
Contestants chosen for elimination by the traitors are referred to as "being murdered." Some challenges require setting things on fire, etc. but no one gets hurt.
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Words like "a--hole" are audible; "f--k" is mouthed inaudibly or bleeped. Rude gestures are also occasionally visible.
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Products & Purchases
Popular reality shows are named, and on occasion their networks (like Bravo) are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, hard liquor, and champagne consumption is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Traitors is a reality competition series where audiences know who's sabotaging the game and can watch them in action as it's played. There's lots of lying and sneaky behavior, as well as angry and hurt feelings expressed among losing contestants. Despite some dramatic challenges, and references to "murdering" contestants, there's nothing especially violent, but there's some strong language (curses are bleeped) and occasional rude gestures. Drinking is also visible. References are made to popular reality shows, as well as networks like Bravo.
Is It Any Good?
The U.S. version of the British hit show combines all the drama that comes from unscripted television with murder mystery tropes suitable for a Scottish castle. In Traitors, former cast members from popular reality series like Big Brother, Below Deck, Survivor, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills play up the fact that their experiences with strategic backstabbings, over-the-top challenges, alliance building, and dramatic eliminations will help them sniff out liars and help them win. Nonetheless, many of the contestants who lack the same background are just as perceptive. Watching faithful players navigate the game without knowing which of their fellow contestants are lying and manipulating them can be entertaining, but The Traitors takes an uncomfortable turn as paranoid contestants begin taking accusations of disloyalty, and subsequent eliminations, very personally. The traitors also wrestle with their own guilt for betraying those with whom they've built bonds throughout the journey. It's a solid reality game show, but one that may not leave you feeling as good as you'd like to when it's done.
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