AwesomenessTV

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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YouTube channel recycles skits in unimaginative clip show.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The series parodies hallmarks of teen life -- like dating, high school, and the use (or perhaps overuse?) of social media. While it pokes fun at every topic it raises and occasionally stereotypes groups of people, none of the comedy is meant to be malicious. Bathroom humor like snot, nose picking, etc. is common.

Positive role models & representations

People of all kinds are subjected to some mockery, but the content is intended to be funny, not offensive. Occasionally, unsuspecting bystanders witness pranks that play on their sympathies.

Violence & scariness

Some slapstick falls and other mishaps, but no injuries.

Sexy stuff

References to dating and teen relationships, usually in a comical tone (ex. one segment has fun with the concept of renting a boyfriend to be at a girl's beck and call). Physical contact is limited to quick kisses.

Language
Consumerism

Many brand-name drops of Facebook, Google, iMac, Twitter. Pop culture references include mentions of artists like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and One Direction, whose works are often the victims of parodies.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AwesomenessTV is a sketch comedy series that compiles videos from a popular YouTube channel of the same name. The TV version is mindful of its young target audience and uses sketches with content that's age for kids and tweens. But even then, the skits' unpredictable nature means that some kids, especially younger ones, won't grasp the setups behind comical takes on school and relationships. Expect some mild stereotyping, parodies of popular movies and music, and a lot of poking fun at celebs like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. It's worth noting that if your tweens have followed the show on YouTube, they'll be unimpressed with this TV version, since it merely dresses up old clips to fill the 30-minute time slot.

User Reviews

Parent of a 6, 10, and 14 year old Written byKako January 26, 2015

The Best Of Its Kind

After the release of this show, the Dizney Channel produced a shockingly similar series with the same structure. The Nickelodeon one is (of course - Nick has be... Continue reading
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright November 15, 2013

A show so stupid, I keep forgetting to review it

I keep forgetting to review this "show". Or should I say "entertainment". Oh wait, it's not a real show, and it's not entertaining... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySamuel M. July 24, 2013

AwesomenessTV: Nothing but a recycled video compilation

It's hard to even call AwesomenessTV a TV show; it's just a compilation of videos that they pulled from their YouTube channel, with some commentary by... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 6, 2013

Not-So-Good Show Finds Making Fun of People Funny

This show isn't even very funny. Most shows I watch-skits or not-are way funnier. I stopped watching very quickly. But what I'm concerned about is Ter... Continue reading

What's the story?

AWESOMENESSTV brings the YouTube sensation sketch comedy to the TV screen, repackaging popular clips like "Terry the Tomboy" and the "I Knew You Were Stubble" music video into a series format. Hosted by Daniella Monet, who adds quips and slapstick between segments, the show is geared toward kids and tweens and features hidden-camera pranks, pop-culture parodies, phony informercials, and comical skits.

Is it any good?

AwesomenessTV joins the likes of Fred Figglehorn and Annoying Orange in defining the web-to-TV genre. But contrary to its predecessors, this clip show doesn't build on existing web popularity as much as it attempts to mask a glaring lack of originality by adding a recognizable host and a canned laugh track.

Ultimately the problem is this: Since all of the featured sketches are old news, existing fans (and any other tweens savvy enough to pick and choose what they want to see on YouTube) won't be bothered about tuning in. Instead the series introduces a younger audience to the AwesomenessTV brand name, and although its online presence isn't ever noted within the show itself, if kids are aware of it, they may want to check out the wealth of online skits tied to it. But unfortunately, many of them aren't suited for younger elementary schoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about AwesomenessTV's style of comedy. What insight, if any, do parodies give us about our society? What's their intention?

  • Is stereotyping an issue here? How do you feel when someone pokes fun at a person or an ideal that you hold in high regard? Does it change your impression? How might the subjects of these skits feel about them?

  • How does the Internet continue to shape how we live, work, and relate to others? In what capacities do we use it on a daily basis? Is there a downside to our unlimited access to information and communication?

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