You Deserve It

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Game show proves that generosity can be fun.

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Positive Messages

The series sends the message that it's better (and more fun) to give than to receive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The contestants are playing the game to help someone else. They talk about the positive (and sometimes heroic) qualities of the people they're playing for.


Contestants share stories about people who died, sometimes tragically.


Answers to questions make references to places like Las Vegas and celebs like Lady Gaga.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that this game show, in which people win cash to give to someone in need, highlights the importance and joy of giving and helping people during difficult times. The overall content is mild, but contestants share stories (which are accompanied by pictures) about personal tragedies that may upset young kids and/or sensitive viewers.

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What's the story?

YOU DESERVE IT reminds us that it's better to give than receive. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the show's contestants must answer 10 "who," "what," and "where" questions during five rounds, each round worth between $10,000 to $250,000. Answering a question incorrectly loses the round. If they get stuck, they can purchase clues to help them, but the cost of each one isn't revealed until after they buy it. Players who don't spend more than they win walk away with a wad of cash. But the real twist? The contestants are actually playing for someone who's deserving of a helping hand. After the game is over, they get to watch as Brooke Burns surprises the unsuspecting recipient (who's being followed by hidden cameras) with the news.

Is it any good?

This heartwarming and energetic series offers a fun chance to watch a game played for money without focusing on the greed that usually drives these kinds of competitions. A big part of the fun is watching the real winner learn about what their friends and family have done for them.

It's definitely exciting, but each episode of the show is as much about the person who will be receiving the cash prize as it is about the competition itself. As a result, there are constant reminders of the difficult (and sometimes tragic) circumstances that prompted contestants to play the game. Some viewers may find these moments saddening, while others will be inspired by them. Regardless, they'll definitely find the overall experience entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about game shows. Why are they so popular? Do you think that game shows that focus on giving and generosity are as entertaining as others?

  • In what other ways can people use the media to help others?

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