America's Funniest Home Videos

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
America's Funniest Home Videos TV Poster Image
One person's humiliation is another's chuckle.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 65 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.

Wondering if America's Funniest Home Videos is OK for your kids?

Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now

Continue reading Show less

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySm4378 May 24, 2020
Adult Written byLebron12James3 February 29, 2020

Hilarious

OMG dis is so funny.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLoranikas303 May 5, 2020

CSM, don’t be disappointed!

It’s gets more funnier if it’s for all ages. AFV was part of my kidhood. You can watch YouTube channel with compilations. I like compilations.
Kid, 11 years old April 13, 2020

Sunday night fun

This show is great! It is a traditional Sunday night show that never disappoints. I cant watch the episodes more than once though.

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

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate