America's Funniest Home Videos

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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One person's humiliation is another's chuckle.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 59 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This show (and others like it) encourage viewers to laugh at others' misfortunes -- which doesn't seem so bad when it's a mild pratfall but is much iffier when the clip makes it look like someone really got hurt. Some of the clips feature degrading practical jokes and questionable treatment of animals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the people in the featured videos are clearly shooting for their 15 minutes of fame; others don't seem to mind that people get hurt if the result is a funny video.

Violence

People are frequently shown being injured or inflicting injury on someone else.

Sex

Nudity and implied sexual behavior. Blurred body parts.

Language

Occasional inappropriate language is bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some clips of adults drinking at weddings, restaurants, and at home. Implied drunken behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some home videos show people getting hurt. Many of the clips are practical jokes that are degrading and some cross the line when it comes to the ethical treatment of animals. Videos also poke fun at normal kid behavior.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymommajo4 July 24, 2011

Emotional child abuse

Very degrading, especially one where a happy toddler was the butt of a joke having to do with the pronunciation of the planet Uranus, and when the family was aw... Continue reading
Parent Written bytreat02 March 23, 2012

THIS ISN'T FOR ANYONE!!

This is terrible. i mean, people are constanly getting hurt. It's quite disturbing! Honestly i avoid this on TV, parents out there, please don't let y... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDr.Pepsi May 28, 2011

America's Funniest Video is really funny!

This is the best tv show ever, the violence makes me laugh, plus it's not too violent for an example a little toddler smacks his dads head with a plastic b... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

No, absolutly not.

This show is cruel and viscouse. People laugh when people get hurt. I do not like that at all. Only in Monty Python is this behavior excusable. If you want funn... Continue reading

What's the story?

For 15 years, the producers of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS have been searching for hilarious videos made by everyday people. Viewers tune in to see home improvement projects turned into slapstick comedy, men doing flips onto and breaking pool tables, the dresses of women flapping in the breeze to reveal their scanty underwear, and every possible way a man can get hit in the groin. It's taped with a studio audience that is frequently shown in the throes of belly laughs, and who then vote on that episode's funniest video. Host Alfonso Ribiero (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) gives annoying one-liners as he introduces the genre of videos coming up, such as pets, home repairs, holiday antics, challenges at the altar, etc.

Is it any good?

Adolescents will no doubt find many of these videos to be humorous, but do you want your kid watching a blindfolded groom tricked into inappropriately touching a grandmotherly guest at his wedding or an overweight woman stuck in a pit with no one helping her to get out? Often the humor is at the expense of children and their innocent, developmentally normal behavior that has yet to be tainted by self-consciousness. This show teaches kids to laugh at others instead of finding their own creative ways to be funny.

Bottom line: Some families may find the show funny, and some won't -- you may want to tune in before you share with your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when a joke is funny and when it becomes inappropriate, unethical, or causes humiliation. Do we need to make fun of people to be funny?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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