Celebrity Show-Off

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Celebrity home videos have sex, drugs, and profanity.

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Positive Messages

Many of the participants make an effort to work positive messages into their shows. For instance, Jason Mraz talks about environmental sustainability, and Ja Rule helps local businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic. The reward money goes to a charity of the winner's choice.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Celebrity Show-Off makes a passing effort to put together a diverse cast, though the three African-American competitors fall into somewhat stereotypical roles (basketball player, rapper, reality TV personality). The contestants participate to win money for charity. 

Violence
Sex

Contestants make jokes and references to sex and sex-related content. 

Language

Profanity is used consistently by the competitors and the host and include "s--t" and the "f--k" (bleeped out). There are also references to male and female genitalia.

Consumerism

Celebrity Show-Off features occasional product placement, such as Amazon, Peloton, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Competitors make references to drinking and drug use including marijuana and psychedelics.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Celebrity Show-Off is a game show in which celebrity contestants produce their own TV shows to win cash for charity. The competition features a wide range of content, unique to the competitor who produces it. Mayim Bialik is the host, and guests include folks like Jason Mraz, who produces a musical comedy, and Bella Thorne, who hosts a ghost hunting show. Positive messages are threaded throughout some of the TV shows, such as Ja Rule's focus on helping local businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The competition and the videos themselves can be edgy. Jokes are made about sex, pornography, alcohol, marijuana, and psychedelic drugs. Profanity is used frequently by the host and contestants, and includes "s--t" and "f--k" (bleeped out). 

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Adult Written byBirdieroux July 14, 2020

Bad show

This is just more self absorbed celebrities making money. I found it very crude. And not funny at all. Will not watch again.

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What's the story?

In CELEBRITY SHOW-OFF, ten celebrities, each of whom are quarantining in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, are asked to produce their own TV show. Mayim Bialik is the host, and guest contestants include actors, musicians, athletes, and filmmakers such as Ja Rule, Bella Thorne, DiploKevin Smith, and Tori Spelling, who compete with one another to win money for charities of their choice. The TV shows cover a wide range of genres, from sitcoms to game shows to reality shows. Competitors also watch and comment on each other's work. Viewers vote for their favorites on Twitter, and the longer a contestant remains in the race, the more money he or she wins. The last one standing gets an extra donation for their charity of choice.

Is it any good?

Forced to come up with entertainment content in the absence of sports and scripted shows, TBS creatively farmed out their work to celebrities who would gladly take it. Though most of the mini-shows fail to connect, Celebrity Show-Off's format and the diversity of its content are at least enough to keep it compelling, even when the laughs aren't there. One of the mini-shows, featuring Ja Rule doing a commercial for a local Greek restaurant, went viral in the week leading up to the competition's debut. That's about the best-case scenario here: a few seconds of breakout content nestled within a five-minute homemade TV show nestled within an hour-long competition.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to make their own TV shows. What kind of work do you think went into each of the celebrity's shows? What kind of challenges does at-home production face?

  • Which shows in Celebrity Show-Off do you like the most? Who do you think followed through on their ideas in a satisfying way? What contributes to some of the weaker content?

  • What charity would you choose to donate to if you were among the participants? What are some other ways you can contribute to issues that matter to you?

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