Tosh.0

Common Sense Media says

Comic's comments on wacky Web trends best for older teens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's no real "message" ... other than the Internet is a pretty wacky place. The series also reinforces the concept that doing something gross, stupid, or vulgar in front of a camera can net you 15 minutes of fame. The show also tends to glorify dangerous stunts and scatological humor. Tosh's humor sometimes pokes fun specifically at women or "foreigners."

Positive role models

As host, Tosh makes fun of anything and anyone with a no-holds-barred style that's sometimes crass and crude but usually on target. The people he mocks and judges aren't meant to be role models.

Violence

Some videos show accidents with painful consequences.

Sex

No nudity, but frequent references to sex. Some clips show women in bathing suits and lingerie, animals having sex, and blurred-out pornography (including graphic sexual sounds).

Language

Some swearing, including "ass" and "douche." Plus muted curse words.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Tosh sometimes suggests that the people in the show's featured video clips are under the influence of something, and uses words like "stoned" and "buzzed."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tosh 2.0 -- in which comedian Daniel Tosh comments on the latest wacky online content, including must-see viral videos and I-can't-believe-they-actually-did-that clips -- is targeted at older teens and college students. Overall, the material is too edgy for younger viewers: Some of the videos have racy content, and others show wild and painful-looking accidents. Tosh's comedy style is a bit abrasive, and he makes of everything and everyone -- including himself. Expect some salty language as well.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Comedian Daniel Tosh scours the Web for the latest viral videos -- the clips of random people doing random things that suddenly become global, must-see footage. We're talking about the clips that tease a laugh out of even the most jaded Web surfer and prompt even the busiest workers to forward a link to their friends labeled "You HAVE to watch this!!" But on TOSH.0, Tosh just doesn't just watch -- he critiques, he judges, he mocks, and he tells some really funny jokes, usually at the participants' expense.

Is it any good?

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Standing next to a large video screen dissecting the action and providing humorous commentary, Tosh seems equal parts nightly news anchor examining the not-so important events of the day, and Weekend Update host, making sure the viewer understands that humanity's lowest common denominator is the ridiculous, the scatological, and the accidental punch to the groin.

The footage ranges from inane to crass, racy to grotesque, but much of it is so odd that it's hard to look away. And Tosh's comments make the whole experience more entertaining. Because, really, who doesn't like to watch cute animals doing silly things and drunk college kids putting their expensive education to work devising exceptionally clever practical jokes? It's lowbrow humor, but it works.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about media phenomenons. Why do some video clips suddenly explode into worldwide, must-see events? What types of videos hold universal appeal? How do you think the sudden fame affects the participants? Do you think they enjoy it, or it is somewhat humiliating? Do you think that some people court this kind of negative attention? Would you want any of your private moments to be viewed -- and probably mocked -- worldwide?

TV details

Cast:Daniel Tosh
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 15 years old Written byOGORMAN May 18, 2011
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I love watching this with my dad! We never stop laughing!

Hilarious beyond belief! That is the sentence that describes this show. At times his language and the sexual talk gets a little iffy for the younger ears, but Daniel Tosh is the comedic genius of his generation. He can take anything and turn it into a joke that will have you rolling on the floor laughing until you pee your pants. I watch this with my dad all the time, and we both laugh SO hard. Comments? Questions? Concerns? Email me: ogormanscommonsense at yahoo. :)

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byPlague January 7, 2010
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Tosh.0

Really funny show. I was skeptical at first because the commercials didn't seem all that great. But I saw an episode, and couldnt stop laughing. Some people might find the videos shown on the show inappropriate, but nothing todays youth cant handle.

Educator Written byWafflestomper February 4, 2010
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14
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Tosh.0 is exactly what most teens/adults want to watch. It goes with the modern audience rather than old episodes of Americas Funniest Videos where everything is outdated and the jokes are corny. Of course, there is some language and some sexual humor but that is what most teens watch tv for and they can relate to it since they see most of it in thier schools.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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