Fashion Police

Common Sense Media says

Rivers’ fashion critiques sometimes hit below the belt.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series is dedicated to critiquing celebs’ clothes and how they look in them. It can often feel mean-spirited.

Positive role models

Rivers' comments sometimes are more mean and hurtful than funny -- though at this point, that's what most people expect from her.

Violence

Some of Rivers' jokes mention fights, etc., but the show isn't violent.

Sex

Rivers’ jokes contain lots of strong (and sometimes crude) sexual references, including mentions of women looking like hookers and whores. References are also made to celebrities sexual orientation. Occasional jokes refer to STDs, pregnancy, and people’s genitals.

Language

Words like “ass,” “hell,” “bitch,” and “whore” are audible.

Consumerism

Not surprisingly, there are endless mentions of designer labels, including Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Escada, Marchesa, Donna Karan, Prada, and Alexander McQueen. One of the show’s sponsors is Sherwin Williams paint.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Rivers makes jokes about the amount of drugs available at certain award shows.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series -- in which Joan Rivers and a panel of fashion-conscience celebs and stylists critique celebrity fashion choices -- is steeped in Rivers' unique brand of comedy, which includes lots of strong language (“bitch,” “ass,” “damn,” “whore," etc.), some strong (and sometimes crude) sexual innuendo, and references to drug use. Some of Rivers’ comments cross the line from being funny to being mean -- but by now, that's pretty much what we expect from her. High-end clothing brands and designers (Carolina Herrera, Prada, Donna Karan, etc.) are frequently mentioned.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In FASHION POLICE, comedienne Joan Rivers uses her trademark humor and off-color commentary to critique celebrities' fashion choices. The host shares the spotlight with E! news anchor Giuliana Rancic, singer/former Dancing With the Stars contestant Kelly Osbourne, and stylist George Kotsiopoulos. Together they dish about who they think are the best and worst dressed stars of week. Special award show editions of the series highlight the dressiest -- and the messiest -- outfits to grace the red carpet. 

Is it any good?

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This tabloid/talk show series mixes fashion with humor as the co-hosts share their thoughts about what they think looks good, bad, and just plain awful on well-known celebrities. The panel also highlights some of today’s biggest fashion trends.

There are definitely some funny moments, but Rivers’ unapologetically biting wit sometimes yields comments that cross the line from being funny to being unkind. Meanwhile, remarks about how much better celebs look when they're skinny also send some iffy messages. Overall, Fashion Police isn’t for everyone, but kolks who like keeping up with the latest celebrity style trends will enjoy watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fashion. What makes something fashionable? Who decides what's fashionable and what isn’t? Do you think celebrities are under pressure to look fashionable at all times? 

  • Shows like this one underscore the size of celebrities’ bodies and how their weight impacts the way they look in their clothes. What kind of messages does this send? How does this make you feel?

  • Parents: What can you do to help your kids develop a healthy body image despite what they see and hear in the media?

TV details

Cast:Giuliana Rancic, Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byMillyMolly December 9, 2010
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Joan is so funny!

Shes so mean, but soo funny! I love it. Giuliana is so sweet. Me and my mom think its really funny. Its great!

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old Written byluckyliv13 March 24, 2011
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Funny but some bad words

She is a little harsh on some of the people with bad outfits but I guess thats one of the things that makes her so funny. She says some bad words too. Over all its a really good show. I like looking at those so bad they are almost funny outfits! :)

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models
Adult Written byLayneE October 7, 2010
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14
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Where do you draw the line?

Let an over-processed geriatric teach us all to be bullies and materialistic.

Yup, I like looking at crazy outfits, but come on! We're in an age where kids kill themselves because of bullies; let's not support it without talking it out with our kids first!

What other families should know
Too much swearing

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