In these trying times where everywhere you turn you get a lecture on what you shouldn’t do, it’s nice to come across silly game shows like Don’t which jokingly buck the system. If you haven’t heard of Don’t (and how could you have not since it debuted right the summer’s greatest shows, Holey Moley on ABC), Don’t gives groups of four (friends or family members) a chance to win up to $100,000 for “not” doing seemingly simple tasks. But there’s a catch. There’s always a catch.
The show was created by actor Ryan Reynolds who doesn’t visually appear on the show, but he is heard frequently telling snarky remarks about the contestants, the audience and just about anyone involved in the show. Adam Scott serves as host and does a decent job of it too.
In last night’s debut, we were introduced to the Riley family from Brooklyn, New York and as far as stereotypes go, they nailed it. David and Lisa are married, Jamie is their sister-in-law and Giuseppe is a cousin. The challenges they faced were in the vain of what you might have seen from the Nickelodeon network or even the old game show, Beat the Clock. They included the simple “Don’t Blink” where each time one of the family members would blink, they would lost $500 from their earnings. “Don’t Get Tired” involved one member who would get rolled over by a giant tire if the team go a trivia answer wrong. “Don’t Use Fowl Language” where they would guess the name of celebrities and if their name also doubled as a name for a bird.
Overall, these challenges are super silly but they are pretty elaborate too. In one challenge, poor David had to walk a treadmill under a heat lamp while eating increasingly hotter peppers. During the task he was offered various cool beverages. If he partook in the beverage, he would lose money from the team’s total.
So while the show Don’t wouldn’t necessarily survive during the more serious television viewing throughout the year, it makes a good pairing with Holey Moley and provides two back-to-back, family-friendly viewing.
Don’t airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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