Parents' Guide to

America's Got Talent

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun-filled, family-friendly reality show.

TV NBC Reality TV 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 7+


The best TV show ever! My kids loved this show. The only thing is that they let some stupid acts advance. That gives them a bad representation.
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age 6+


SO AMAZING! The best TV show I have seen by far. The only thing is, they let some stupid, horrible acts advance. That kinda gives them a bad representation.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40):
Kids say (60):

Sound familiar? It should. That's because the show is an almost exact replica of Fox's American Idol -- no surprise, since it's produced by original Idol judge Simon Cowell, who over the years has lined up celebrity judges like David Hasselhoff, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osborne and even a surprisingly gentle Howard Stern to "yea" or "nay" each act's performance. Though the show plays out on a glitzy stage with sophisticated lighting, thanks to the wide variety (and quality) of the acts it often feels like a high-school talent show. But it has also evolved into a venue that allows for truly creative, inspirational performers that don't fit into conventional entertainment venues to shine.

It showcases lots of talent, but early elimination rounds sometimes feature acts that border on the ridiculous. But the judges treat everyone equally in their criticism, and everyone -- from the contestants to the audience to the judges (who, for the most part, are friendlier than those on Idol) -- seems to enjoy themselves. It's great fun for the family to enjoy together.

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