A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Too Stupid to Die features a crew of 20-something-year-olds performing dangerous amateur stunts, many of which are potentially life threatening. People are willingly thrown from rooftops, hit by cars, tasered, and bitten by animals in the genital area, and engage in endless other painful activities. Bare bottoms are visible, but genitals are blurred. There's lots of bleeped cursing, and occasionally alcohol-related items are used as part of the event. Despite the occasional use of helmets, many of these activities appear to be performed irresponsibly. Viewers of all ages are warned to never try these activities at home.
What's the story?
TOO STUPID TO DIE is a reality series featuring a group of 20-something-year-old folks from Indiana who perform dangerous stunts for fun. Zach Holmes loves dreaming up and performing amateur feats, even if they cause pain or risk his life. Along with his friends Coty, Chad, Meggan, Khyler, Damon, and Tommy, he designs and performs crazy, disturbing, or potentially life-threatening antics. Also joining them is YouTube star Ched Tepper, who helps them take their exploits to the next level, and Zach's Meemaw, who tries to keep them in check. From trying to jump over a large growth of cacti while riding a skateboard in nothing but a thong, to zapping each other repeatedly with electric prods, the crew seems to stop at nothing to perform the ultimate epic stupid stunt.
Is it any good?
This outrageous but not-that-compelling series features a group of young people doing dangerous stunts in order to entertain themselves and others. Every episode features part or all of the crew, who have a following thanks to their online videos doing something at work, at the gym, at home, and other random places that they characterize as stupid. Some of the antics are ridiculous, while others are extremely dangerous. The bigger and more dangerous the exploit, the more successful it's deemed.
Most of the show is centered on the crew's outlandish behavior. However, to be fair, it does host the occasional amusing moment, especially when they unleash a prank or stunt on unsuspecting bystanders. This makes what they're doing more appealing, especially to viewers who don't have the maturity (or basic common sense) to not try these activities at home. Too Stupid to Die may be fun for some, but it's rather socially irresponsible.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what drives people to participate in dangerous amateur stunts like the ones in Too Stupid to Die. Is it out of boredom? For attention? Or are there bigger, more personal reasons for doing so?
YouTube videos and reality shows like Too Stupid To Die often feature amateurs performing dangerous tricks without proper equipment or professional stunt people visibly helping them. Is this appropriate? Would showing people taking adequate safety measures make them less entertaining?
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