Best Satire Sites and Shows for Teens

From hilarious headlines to pretend pundits, satire is a huge force in both news and entertainment. Sometimes, it's way too easy to mistake satire for fake news, which can leave kids (and parents) confused. The main difference -- and the one that makes it such a popular genre with tweens and teens -- is that satire uses humor or exaggeration to make a point. These satire sources can be a great way to get young adults interested in current events. Before you know it, your kids might be using our list of the Best News Sources for Kids just so they can laugh along with their favorite TV hosts.

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The Borowitz Report

age 13+

Satirical blog's political coverage may confuse some kids.

URL: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report (2017)
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Mapleworth Murders

age 13+

Pleasant, funny murder mystery parody feels dated.

Network: Quibi (2020)
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The Onion

age 13+

Mock news articles meant for a mature audience.

URL: http://www.theonion.com (2017)
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TheDailyShow

age 14+

Edgy political satire from the popular TV show.

URL: http://www.thedailyshow.com/ (2007)
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

age 14+

Funny, satirical news softer than Stewart, best for teens.

Network: Comedy Central (2015)
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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

age 14+

Fun, sharp late-night satire with Bee's usual smart humor.

Network: TBS (2016)
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

age 14+

Razor-sharp sampler of celebs, politics, and pop culture.

Network: CBS (2015)
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The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

age 14+

Edgy, satirical take on the news is OK for older teens.

Network: Comedy Central (2015)
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Onion News Network

age 14+

Savage satire of cable network news with mature content.

Network: IFC (2011)
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Saturday Night Live

age 14+

Legendary late-night show funny for teens and up.

Network: NBC (1975)
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American Vandal

age 15+

Language, high school sex jokes in wry true-crime satire.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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In the Know

age 15+

Smart NPR-liberal spoof has cursing, pot smoking.

Network: Peacock (2024)
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Key & Peele

age 15+

Witty sketch comedy series takes on race, stereotypes.

Network: Comedy Central (2012)
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The Kids in the Hall

age 15+

Cross-dressing + Canadians = classic sketch comedy laughs.

Network: Syndicated (1988)
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The Larry Sanders Show

age 15+

Dry late-show satire aims jokes, language at adults.

Network: IFC (1992)
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

age 15+

Funny, smart news-driven talk show with strong language.

Network: HBO (2014)
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South Park

age 15+

Outrageous, shocking humor carries a message.

Network: Comedy Central , UPN (1997)
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The Vince Staples Show

age 15+

Outstanding dark satire has violence, cursing, drugs.

Network: Netflix (2024)
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FunnyorDie

age 16+

Free-for-all open mic for comedians and wannabes.

URL: http://www.funnyordie.com (2007)
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The Politician

age 16+

Violence, murder, dark dealings in high school-set drama.

Network: Netflix (2019)