TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Entertainment magazine show full of celebrity fanfare.

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Positive Messages

It showcases popular films, music, celebrities, performers, etc. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Celebrities appear to be friendly during interviews. 


Some film footage contains violent imagery, including images of burning crosses, protests, guns, etc. 


Interviews and jokes sometimes contain some mild innuendo that will go over the head of younger viewers. Music videos sometimes feature suggestive dancing or lyrics.


The show serves as a promotional vehicle for the entertainment industry. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ES.TV is a Hollywood-themed magazine show that features celebrity interviews, popular singers performing in music videos, comedians doing stand-up routines, and other entertainment-related segments. It's generally family-friendly, but sometimes includes footage from films and TV shows that, depending on the subject matter, may not be suitable for very young children. Overall, it's a promotional vehicle for entertainers and the work they are doing. 

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What's the story?

ES.TV is an entertainment-themed series that offers viewers the chance to keep up with the latest in Hollywood. Each episode includes interviews with celebrities discussing their latest projects; The Comedy Jam, which showcases a stand-up routine from a popular comic; and the Music Download, which features a music video from one of today's most popular artists. The latest films to be released on DVD are profiled in the The DVD Spotlight. 

Is it any good?

The tabloid magazine series offers viewers a chance to catch up on the latest information about popular films, television shows, and songs and the people who make them. Excerpts of press interviews with actors like Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians and directors like award-winning Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele offer lots of insider tidbits that celebrity fans will enjoy. Some of these conversations can get a little long, but the inclusion of film and TV footage, music videos, and stand-up performances makes it feel both fast-paced and lively. Hollywood-obsessed tweens and teens who tune in to ES.TV will find lots to like. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of Hollywood. Does the entertainment industry create celebrities, or do people become celebrities thanks to the audience's interest in them? Does being a celebrity automatically make someone a role model?

  • Do you like watching shows like ES.TV, or do you prefer shows that have a single storyline?

TV details

  • Premiere date: February 1, 2009
  • Network: Kids Central
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: July 16, 2019

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