Parents' Guide to

Total Blackout

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fear Factor in the dark, with rats, roaches, bleeped curses.

TV Syfy Game Shows 2012
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+


This is good, intense, but fine for kids. Common sense has got it competley wrong with the age of fourteen, not bad language, but it has some sexual refrences. I say eleven and up for the occasional innuendo and references.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 14+


i think that this show is fun i love it its really fun to watch and its good for any ages it dosen't show any violence and stuff like that .

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

The series, which has been adapted from highly successful international versions of the show, demonstrates how easily people's imaginations can run wild when they are unable to rely on their sense of sight. But what really makes the show entertaining is being able to watch how tough-talking contestants are overtaken by fear and squeamishness once they find themselves in the dark.

Watching these folks trying to pull themselves together in order to play the game makes for some very funny moments. Some of the challenges, like licking unknown substances out of people's belly buttons and fondling an octopus, might make you a little squeamish, too. But if you can handle it, you will probably find yourself chuckling at some of what you see here.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 25, 2012
  • Cast: Jaleel White
  • Network: Syfy
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 14, 2022

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