10 on Top

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Celeb countdown show caters to Twitter-loving viewers.

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Positive Messages

The series is centered on the culture of celebrity, ranking stars according to how much audiences are texting and talking about their work projects and events (both positive and negative) related to their personal lives.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Celebrities are often showcased for doing good deeds as well as performing, but some end up on the list for more infamous reasons as well.


Occasional video segments deal with violent topics. Celebrities who get media attention due to a violent event are discussed.


Music video clips contain images of women dressed in skimpy clothing and dancing suggestively. 


Watch for occasional salty vocab (“damn,” “hell”). Stronger language is bleeped.


The series relies on and generates publicity for celebrities and their projects. Brand names like Twitter are mentioned/used to determine rankings.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Celebs occasionally discuss their struggles with addiction. A featured Eminem music video clip shows pills, alcohol, and a simulation of someone overdosing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this MTV countdown series relies on Twitter and other social networks to rank people who are prominent in the pop culture scene. It’s pretty mild by MTV standards, but interview segments and film/music video footage occasionally include images of women in skimpy outfits, suggestive dancing, and iffy language (“damn,” “hell”). Topics like addiction are also occasionally discussed. The series is mostly upbeat, but due to the nature of the show, both positive and negative celebrity-driven events are discussed if they generate enough audience attention.

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What's the story?

Each episode of 10 ON TOP counts down the top 10 celebrities who've been the most talked and texted about among pop culture fans in a given week. Host Lenay Dunn introduces superstars like Justin Bieber, Megan Fox, and the casts of hit movies like Harry Potter and Twilight -- or whoever makes the list due to the chatter they’ve generated throughout social media networks about their music, movies, and personal lives. Interview clips and behind-the scenes footage featuring each star are also included.

Is it any good?

10 on Top is essentially an updated version of MTV’s popular audience-driven countdown shows like TRL -- it just replaces screaming fans, emails, and phone calls with tweets, texts, and other digital forums to reflect the current generation’s reliance on social media.

Although the show is fun and upbeat overall, expect a bit of iffy stuff, including a few eyebrow-raising dance clips and celeb discussions about topics like addiction. And there's a slight tabloid-like quality thanks to the use of interview footage, photos, and even YouTube videos. But unlike most tabloid shows, the material here is limited by the brevity of each segment and doesn't go too deep on serious topics. In the end, it’s an appealing way for teens to check in on their favorite stars.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes some people pop culture celebrities. Do you think the show's list accurately represents who is most popular today? Are they known for their talent, or are there other factors? Which stars would you vote for? Why?

  • This show, like many others, relies on social networking to get audience feedback. What are some of the benefits of this? Challenges? Parents: Get more information about social networking and kids.

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 1, 2010
  • Cast: Lenay Dunn
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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