Treasure Hunters

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed, family-friendly reality show.

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Positive Messages

The only way to complete a task and be in the running to win is to have patience and work as a team. Teams are very competitive with each other and do what they need to do to win. Frequent tension between team members. A fair amount of stereotyping of team members based on their team names/types (the geniuses are geeky; the Miss USAs use their looks to get ahead, etc.).


The teams endure difficult athletic feats, which, at times, result in bumps, falls, and the like.


No discernable swearing, but some angry words between tense team members.


Rampant. Everything from the cell phones the teams use to the Web sites they're allowed to consult are branded. Motorola,,, and Visa are the most prominent brands. Some contestants even wear branded T-shirts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fast-paced adventure reality show includes some dangerous situations that kids shouldn't try at home (luckily, they may not want to). The show emphasizes the need for creativity, intelligence, and teamwork to solve problems. While there's no discernable cursing, the team members get angry and tell each other off in stressful moments. The show plays up the teams' most stereotypical characteristics.

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Adult Written bybig12pokes April 9, 2008

Great for problem solving, bad for southerners and Christians.

The show is really good. The program showcases problem-solving skills, but one group makes southerners look bad... really bad. And I can't help but think... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

this movie was ok to me but i thout it coud be a little better!!

well for starters i think it could have a little more advencher!!! well it was a good movie if you like snow and blizerds!!!!!!!

What's the story?

In NBC's TREASURE HUNTERS, 10 competing teams of three criss-cross the globe solving complicated puzzles that lead them to their next clue in their search for a hidden treasure. The teams are made up of individuals with shared backgrounds/something in common. For example, one team is made up of former CIA employees, another is a trio of brothers, there's a "Miss USA" team, three "geniuses," and a mother, father and daughter that make up the ultracompetitive "Fogal Family." During each Da Vinci Code-esque episode hosted by the rather robotic Laird MacIntosh (The Bold and The Beautiful), the teams work hard to both solve the puzzle (which might entail translating Morse Code, unscrambling a cryptic message, or deciphering an ancient map) and make sure they're not the last team to do so; if they are, they're eliminated.

Is it any good?

Parents might object to the stereotypical way in which some of the teams are portrayed. For example, the geniuses' geeky sides are played up, while the three Miss USAs are shown using their feminine wiles to get the other players to help them with problem solving. That said, thanks to beautiful cinematography, interesting characters, and non-stop suspense, Treasure Hunters is an entertaining hour of TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of goals and following through on a commitment. Why is hard work worth the effort? Why is being a good team player important? Families can also discuss the challenges and situations in each episode. How would you have solved the problem? Is this a reality show you'd be interested in participating in? Why or why not?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 18, 2006
  • Cast: Laird Macintosh
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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