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

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

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.


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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byraymondjj July 25, 2017

"Awesomeness" Not So "Awesome"

If your child has a "terrific sense of humor" and likes a good "laugh" then he may find the trendy Kids Show (Awesomeness, based on... Continue reading
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
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, 12 years old December 2, 2015


Goatworlds here. Sorry about the streak of negative reviews, but I'm bored today, so I'm trashing the sucky shows. This show is a rip off of Incredibl... 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?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love comedy

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

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