• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. JamesM.
    Jul 12, 2008
    7
    This is an ok show, but the best is Wipe Out.
  2. JeanL.
    Jul 28, 2008
    10
    this is the most hilarious thing on TV. if you have ever watched a Japanese game show, this follows true to form!
  3. KevT.
    Aug 10, 2008
    8
    Reality TV without so much of sleaze found on other reality shows. There was no false love stories like "I Love NY" and the other VH-1 reality shows. This show did show slices of Japanese culture. Outside of the blonde gal running around the house is a towel for one episode, there was not nearly as much forced drama or over produced dirty drama. I have quit watching "Big Brother" because Reality TV without so much of sleaze found on other reality shows. There was no false love stories like "I Love NY" and the other VH-1 reality shows. This show did show slices of Japanese culture. Outside of the blonde gal running around the house is a towel for one episode, there was not nearly as much forced drama or over produced dirty drama. I have quit watching "Big Brother" because of it is the same old thing every time. At least this show feels like someone tried to be creative and the drama felt more natural. In the end all of these shows are produced to do certain things, but this one just seemed more fun then slime. Those who say it is boring have a point if they are talking about the games. I was hoping for more outrageous spills and messy falls like Japanese shows found on G4 or Spike. If they can make the games truly crazy, like bigger falls into nastier stuff than cold water or flour, the show should come back. Expand
  4. KatieJ.
    Jul 21, 2008
    8
    I don't like some of the humiliating things the contestants have to do, but some of them you just have to laugh at. I also like it because you learn a lot about the Japanese culture.
  5. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This show is great. And I watch it whenever it comes on abc or on youtube. Well, if I am given the opertunity I will definitely go and show my skills on the t.v sets of Japan. Expand
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. It’s rather like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that should have stayed a skit and not wound up on the big screen.
  2. There's plenty of humiliation in I Survived a Japanese Game Show as well, but there it's so varied and strange--and very much in keeping with what I understand of those shows--that it doesn't get repetitive or annoying.
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    10
    In the light of summer television, civilization does not seem to have a pulse. It looks quite dead indeed.