Ultimate Beastmaster

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Grueling reality show rewards perseverance, determination.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Prominent themes of perseverance and determination. Contestants are graceful in both victory and defeat, but they often acknowledge feeling like they've disappointed themselves and their team when they lose. Some of the obstacles force the players to choose between greater risks with the possibility of greater return and taking a safer path with fewer points up for grabs. With teams from all over the world and participants of different backgrounds, the series illustrates the unifying nature of common struggles and goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are strategic, dedicated to their craft, and single-minded in their quest for success, even to the point of putting themselves in potentially injurious situations to win. For them, the rewards outweigh the risks, and defeat just makes them more determined for future contests. Men and women compete on an even playing field.

Violence

There's no violence, but there are lots of painful mishaps on the obstacle course resulting in bruises and scrapes.

Sex
Language

"S--t" in translation, as well as "badass."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ultimate Beastmaster is an intense and physical reality series. Contestants race each other and the clock to move through rounds of an obstacle course that tests them both physically and mentally. When they succeed, the victories are sweeter for the struggle it took to get there; when they fail, the disappointment is palpable. Expect to see many painful missteps on the course as well as the resulting bruises and scrapes, and there's some mild language ("ass" and "s--t," for instance) at times.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNatalie L. February 20, 2018

Season 2 commentators in appropriate

Season 1 was more light-hearted. Season 2 a little more nasty from the commentators. Especially the white USA one. He hits on the female commentators and makes... Continue reading
Adult Written byPablo G. December 18, 2017
Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2017

Awesome!

this is awesome show for (almost) the whole family. (Due to some language) but you can learn from these people that in order to achieve your achievements. You h... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 27, 2018

OK, but could have been a lot better

I watched this show at a friend’s house and was slightly disappointed. This show pictured strong athletes persevering and attempting to complete an obstacle cou... Continue reading

What's the story?

ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER is a reality competition series in which contestants attempt to conquer a massive obstacle course called "The Beast." Teams from six countries -- Mexico, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and the United States -- face off in groups of 12 with top-performing players advancing through the rounds to an eventual $10,000 win at the end of each episode and the overall champion taking home $50,000 and the title of Ultimate Beastmaster. This groundbreaking series produced by Sylvester Stallone and hosted in the United States by Terry Crews and Charissa Thompson is released in different versions specific to each participating country and features an announcing team from each as well.

Is it any good?

This test of extreme physical and psychological strength doesn't bring much that's new to the table with regard to the contest itself, but its programming format definitely bends the curve. With competitors hailing from all over the globe, the series' unique layout allows for simultaneous commentary from all the hosts and broadcasts to the participating nations that more heavily feature local athletes. It's an undertaking that promises to influence future reality shows like it.

As for the contest itself, each round of obstacles takes place in a different area of a gigantic 600-foot-long metal beast, which, to be honest, is a little corny. But the tasks are grueling and strategic and require the contestants to push themselves to their limits. When they're victorious, it's rewarding to see their pride. When they fail, the disappointment can be agonizing. On the whole, Ultimate Beastmaster is a family-friendly pick that reminds viewers of the value of perseverance and determination.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the purpose of competition in general and in Ultimate Beastmaster. How does putting our skills against another person's make us better? How does it feel to win? To lose? 

  • What do you think inspires these athletes' sense of perseverance? Put in the same position, could you stick with these kinds of challenges the way they do?

  • How does this show's multicultural contestant pool promote respect for diversity? What qualities unify these participants? How do you find common ground with people who are very different from you?

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