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 11+
Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 71 reviews

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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 byMelanie M. October 23, 2016

Not appropriate for anyone of any age

A show about people getting injured is a very strange kind of entertainment. I'm sorry for the poor souls that put themselves in danger for a chance to wi... Continue reading
Adult Written byRem2020 January 31, 2021

Bad idea

The narration is so annoying. I switched the channel because of this. It's better without it . I think they just wanted to give a lady a job for minimum wa... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 6, 2021
Teen, 16 years old Written byHikingmountain November 29, 2020

This show is so dumb!

NEVER let your kids watch this show unless your kids enjoy seeing people getting hurt. This show is stupid, offensive, crass and just plain cruel. How is peopl... 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

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For kids who love comedy

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