This is a review of Previously On … Guess the TV Series, a game about TV shows by Laurence King Publishers.
This game is for Ages 16+ for any number of players (1+)
*I received a copy of the game for evaluation purposes.
Previously On … Guess the TV Series
This is a laid back game that has no rules. It’s just a bunch of cards with images on the front that pertain to a certain TV show and then information about that TV show on the back. The way we played was I held up the cards to my brother and my husband and let them try to guess the TV show. If they needed help I gave them the quote or a fact or the original channel as hints.
After they got it right or gave up, if it was a show they watched and liked, I sometimes shared the Goof and Did You Know section. But there are no rules other than guess the TV show from the images on the card so you can do what you want.
Mostly Specialty Channels
We found the game hard for a few reasons, the main one being that most of the shows came from specialty channels like HBO and Showtime. Since we don’t get either of those channels, it made it hard. Also a few of the ones that they KNOW and LIKE the TV show, they still couldn’t guess from the images. I’m not sure the best images were chosen but I guess you don’t want it to be too obvious either.
Statistics From the Game
Of the 60 cards, 17 were from HBO, 8 from Showtime, 5 each from FX and Fox and 4 from AMC, NBC and ABC. Other channels showed up 3 or less times. The shows range from 1990-2015 although most of them were 2004+ and only 2 or 3 were from the 90s. A few of the shows were about Mature themes which is why the 16+ theme is there. Honestly anyone younger probably hasn’t seen any of the shows anyways as even the ones that aren’t specifically Mature are not ones kids would watch.
I like that it’s laid back. It’s good as a last minute game that doesn’t require planning or certain numbers. But you wouldn’t play it more than once so it’s best if you have new company over, to pull it out and hold the cards for them to guess. I found the stats other than Quote, Goof and Did You Know to be a little interesting on some of them. As I said we mostly used the facts on the back as hints.
This game is from Laurence King Publishers which mostly publishes books in the UK.