Whacked Out Sports

Common Sense Media says

Sports-like stunts are dumb and dangerous.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of irresponsible behavior and dangerous stunts. Teens and adults are seen taking risks without using protective gear. Animals are featured in some stunts but aren't hurt. The narrator describes/introduces all stunts as negative behavior.

Violence

Hitting and punching. Cars are shown crashing; at least one video features a man being hit by a car (though no injuries are seen, and he survives). Objects like large wooden blocks are used as weapons. Guns occasionally visible.

Sex

One home video shows women lying on pool tables in skimpy teddies. Some suggestive dancing.

Language

Grunts of pain are often heard from the "athletes" -- or else dubbed in. The word "f--k" is audible (though faint) several times, usually from injured people screaming in pain. Words like "moron" are also used.

Consumerism

Some of the footage originally aired on the series World's Most Amazing Videos.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series shines the spotlight on dangerous stunts that shouldn't be performed at home -- including everything from "extreme" ironing to mid-air car crashes -- for risk of serious injury and even death. People are shown (and heard) getting hurt and crying out in pain, but no real injuries are shown. There's some strong language ("f--k") and occasional images of people dancing suggestively and women dressed in skimpy outfits.

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What's the story?

WHACKED OUT SPORTS is a \"reality\" series that features both amateur home videos and classic footage of pointless, often dangerous stunts performed by people around the world. Each half-hour episode is an endless succession of pseudo-athletic events like extreme ironing and crashing cars in mid-air. It also shows lots of sports bloopers and spectacular accidents that were caught on videotape. Special features include the Theatre of Pain -- a segment that spotlights someone groaning in pain after surviving a stunt gone terribly wrong -- and the recognition of the Sportsman of the Week.

Is it any good?

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The show, which is very similar to Maximum Exposure, combines reality with comedy by providing humorous commentary on the stunts and the lack of common sense among those who perform them. But while some adults may find the show funny, the constant stream of footage showing people performing stupid tricks and taking unnecessary risks makes the series inappropriate viewing for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people perform dangerous stunts. What's the appeal (if any) of trying things that could hurt or kill you? Does the media perpetuate this behavior by treating videos of these activities as entertainment? When is risk-taking a good idea, and when should you play it safe? Families can also talk about the importance of using protective gear when bicycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading.

TV details

Cast:Tom Gottlieb
Network:Spike
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byWhackedoutsport... September 1, 2010
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stupid

Whacked out sports is by far the dumbest and most boring show I have ever seen. It makes no sense at all and the guy who speaks is a moron and nothing he says is close to clever. Dont waste your time watching this crap you think you will see awesome stunts or people getting hurt but all you pretty much see is the equivalent to watching paint dry absolutely pathetic

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