Ultimate Tag

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Simple, high-energy game show is lots of silly fun.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A simple game of tag can be a lot of fun, and can win you a lot of money. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts are lighthearted, but some taggers enjoy boasting. The athletes are disciplined. 

Violence & Scariness

No one is tackled, but the chases can be tough, and taggers grab at the players. The obstacle courses require lots of jumping, swinging, speed, etc. People sometimes slip or fall from high places, but no one gets hurt. There’s some smack talking between players and taggers, including statements about “not wanting to kill them.”  

Sexy Stuff

Everyone is competing in tight athletic gear, but some show more skin than others. 


Some tough talk between taggers and players. The obstacle courses are referred to as "Hell's playground." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ultimate Tag is a game show competition that features adults playing rounds of tag on larger-than-life obstacle courses for a cash prize. The obstacle courses are referred to as "hell," and there’s some tough talking between the taggers and the players, but not much to worry about. Contestants sometimes slip and fall, but safety gear is used, and no one gets hurt. Tight athletic gear is worn, and people sometimes show some skin.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPokemom1 July 31, 2020
Kid, 8 years old October 9, 2020

Bad role models.

Me and my dad watched the first episode of the series for about 15 minutes. I noticed the taggers never said "Good game", "You did well" or... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKatoptris34 July 23, 2020

Fun, intense sports show

Great show - diverse taggers and contestants. Expect a few injuries - none near fatal or anything though. People are knocked around, and there's friendly,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Co-hosted by NFL star siblings J.J. Watt, T.J. Watt, and Derek Watt, ULTIMATE TAG is a high-energy game show based on the classic playground chasing game. Each episode features two teams of players, divided by sex, making their way through three dimensional obstacle courses. The catch? They must avoid the "taggers," a gang of elite athletes with big personalities whose sole goal is to grab the flag attached to each contestant as soon as possible. The longer each player is able to avoid getting tagged during each round of the game, the more points they earn. The member of each team who scores the most points at the end of the game wins $10K. 

Is it any good?

This lively series features physically fit men and women getting chased by other physically fit men and women for a chance to win some cash. To add excitement to the show’s straightforward formula, each round of the game ups the ante by featuring bigger and more difficult obstacle courses. Meanwhile, the taggers, who boast superhero-like names like "Atomic Ant" and "Rocket" (and on occasion some WWE-style tough talk), chase the players with impressive speed and agility. It’s not the most creative of contests, but Ultimate Tag, much like the playground game, still manages to be fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the the way Ultimate Tag takes a basic kids' game and reinterprets it for TV entertainment. How does it make the simple game seem larger and more complicated than what it is? 

  • If you played this game on TV, would you want to compete for the money, or be a tagger? Which would be more fun?

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