The Wall

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly trivia game show tests smarts with a twist.

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Positive Messages

Trust, competition. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Couples are respectful, host is gentle. 


Winners shout a lot. 


Pop culture, product, and event references, but in context. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wall is a family-friendly game show featuring couples competing for millions of dollars by answering questions and playing a simple ball game. It's upbeat and positive overall, but on occasion some contestants can get greedy. There are lots of questions about pop culture characters, athletes, and events that people watching will enjoy answering. 

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What's the story?

Co-executive produced by LeBron James and hosted by Chris Hardwick, THE WALL is a game show featuring real couples across America playing together for millions of dollars. Couples must lock in correct answers to questions before balls released on a giant Plinko wall (made famous by The Price Is Right) reach the bottom. Each ball lands on a dollar amount, which contestants get to keep if they answer correctly and on time. If they finish in the positive, they move on to Round Two, where one of them must go to the back and answer questions alone. The person left on stage must take risks based on whether or not the questions are answered correctly. When the risks pay off, there's millions to be won, but when they don't, couples can lose it all.

Is it any good?

This fun competition offers a new twist to the classic Plinko game by combining it with the question-and-answer angle of other popular game shows. It also strives to keep things upbeat by choosing contestants with a sense of humor and, since they're couples, expressing love for each other during the process. 

Regardless of the positive vibes, The Wall is still a money competition, and sometimes there's some greedy behavior. But you can't help but feel suspense as the game is played. No doubt that families who enjoy this kind of entertainment will have fun tuning in and watching where the balls land. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of game shows. Does the entertainment come from the game itself or watching people win or lose? If shows such as The Wall didn't award major cash and prizes, would they be as entertaining? 

  • What are your favorite game shows? Why? If you had a chance to compete on a game show with a partner, whom would you choose? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 19, 2016
  • Cast: Chris Hardwick
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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