Trust Me, I'm A Game Show Host

Common Sense Media says

Funny, edgy game show jokes about sex, drugs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a lot of deception when hosts try to convince players they're telling the truth, but it's all in good fun.

Positive role models

The hosts consistently feed a bunch of lies to contestants, but it's part of the game (and they halfheartedly apologize at the end). Players are from all walks of life; Black and Hughley play up the fact that they're Jewish and African-American, respectively.

Violence

The show isn't violent, but questions and jokes contain occasional references to violent acts (such as cutting off people's heads).

Sex

Questions and jokes include strong references to sexual activities, genitals, STDs, porn, and other related themes.

Language

Words such as "ass," "t-ts," and "goddamn" are audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Contains occasional references to "getting high."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Trust Me, I'm A Game Show Host features lots of adult-oriented topics and risque humor. It contains strong sexual innuendo, as well as references to violent acts and getting high. The language gets pretty salty, and there are occasional humorous references to race and religion. Some of the content might be bit much for younger teens, and it's definitely not meant for kids.

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What's the story?

TRUST ME, I'M A GAME SHOW HOST is a quiz show that requires contestants to determine which host is telling the truth. In each round of the contest, each of the show's hosts, Michael Ian Black and D.L.Hughley, present a player with two strange, implausible, or just plain weird facts. One is true, the other is a complete lie. The contestant must decide which host is telling the truth. If s/he chooses correctly, s/he gets some cash. After a few rounds, the contestant gets a chance to choose a true fact from a range of statements to add an additional $20,000 to their winnings.

Is it any good?

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Trust Me offers the typical game-show fare by featuring contestants trying to determine correct answers to win some money. But what sets it apart are the two hosts, who use their comedic skills to embellish the stories they tell the contestants.

There are lots of laugh-out-loud moments, but the humor is pretty risque. There also are enough interesting stories to keep you guessing along with contestants. It's not for everyone, but, for those mature enough to handle it, this show is a lot of fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about game shows. What makes them entertaining? Is it the kinds of games that people play? The prizes? The hosts? Would you like to be a contestant on a game show? Why?

  • Why do some TV shows and movies feature swearing and people joking about or engaging in risky behaviors such as sex and drugs as a way to be funny and entertaining? Do you think this kind of material is appropriate for game shows?

TV details

Cast:D.L. Hughley, Michael Ian Black
Network:TBS
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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