America's Funniest Home Videos
By Pam Gelman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
One person's humiliation is another's chuckle.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
People are frequently shown being injured or inflicting injury on someone else.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity and implied sexual behavior. Blurred body parts.
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Occasional inappropriate language is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some clips of adults drinking at weddings, restaurants, and at home. Implied drunken behavior.
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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.
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Not worth 1 star - Cruel
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Some videos set terrible examples
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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?
- Premiere date: November 26, 1989
- Cast: Bob Saget, Jess Harnell, Tom Bergeron, Alfonso Ribeiro
- Networks: ABC, Syndicated
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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