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Fashion Police

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rivers’ fashion critiques sometimes hit below the belt.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series is dedicated to critiquing celebs’ clothes and how they look in them. It can often feel mean-spirited.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rivers' comments sometimes are more mean and hurtful than funny -- though at this point, that's what most people expect from her.


Some of Rivers' jokes mention fights, etc., but the show isn't violent.


Rivers’ jokes contain lots of strong (and sometimes crude) sexual references, including mentions of women looking like hookers and whores. References are also made to celebrities sexual orientation. Occasional jokes refer to STDs, pregnancy, and people’s genitals.


Words like “ass,” “hell,” “bitch,” and “whore” are audible.


Not surprisingly, there are endless mentions of designer labels, including Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Escada, Marchesa, Donna Karan, Prada, and Alexander McQueen. One of the show’s sponsors is Sherwin Williams paint.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Rivers makes jokes about the amount of drugs available at certain award shows.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series -- in which Joan Rivers and a panel of fashion-conscience celebs and stylists critique celebrity fashion choices -- is steeped in Rivers' unique brand of comedy, which includes lots of strong language (“bitch,” “ass,” “damn,” “whore," etc.), some strong (and sometimes crude) sexual innuendo, and references to drug use. Some of Rivers’ comments cross the line from being funny to being mean -- but by now, that's pretty much what we expect from her. High-end clothing brands and designers (Carolina Herrera, Prada, Donna Karan, etc.) are frequently mentioned.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byroxyl April 28, 2012

It's a shame

I have watched Fashion Police even though almost every other word from Joan Rivers has to be bleeped. I won't be watching any longer, however, because of t... Continue reading
Adult Written byLayneE October 7, 2010

Where do you draw the line?

Let an over-processed geriatric teach us all to be bullies and materialistic. Yup, I like looking at crazy outfits, but come on! We're in an age where kid... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 24, 2011

Funny but some bad words

She is a little harsh on some of the people with bad outfits but I guess thats one of the things that makes her so funny. She says some bad words too. Over all... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMillyMolly December 9, 2010

Joan is so funny!

Shes so mean, but soo funny! I love it. Giuliana is so sweet. Me and my mom think its really funny. Its great!

What's the story?

In FASHION POLICE, comedienne Joan Rivers uses her trademark humor and off-color commentary to critique celebrities' fashion choices. The host shares the spotlight with E! news anchor Giuliana Rancic, singer/former Dancing With the Stars contestant Kelly Osbourne, and stylist George Kotsiopoulos. Together they dish about who they think are the best and worst dressed stars of week. Special award show editions of the series highlight the dressiest -- and the messiest -- outfits to grace the red carpet.

Is it any good?

This tabloid/talk show series mixes fashion with humor as the co-hosts share their thoughts about what they think looks good, bad, and just plain awful on well-known celebrities. The panel also highlights some of today’s biggest fashion trends.

There are definitely some funny moments, but Rivers’ unapologetically biting wit sometimes yields comments that cross the line from being funny to being unkind. Meanwhile, remarks about how much better celebs look when they're skinny also send some iffy messages. Overall, Fashion Police isn’t for everyone, but kolks who like keeping up with the latest celebrity style trends will enjoy watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fashion. What makes something fashionable? Who decides what's fashionable and what isn’t? Do you think celebrities are under pressure to look fashionable at all times? 

  • Shows like this one underscore the size of celebrities’ bodies and how their weight impacts the way they look in their clothes. What kind of messages does this send? How does this make you feel?

  • Parents: What can you do to help your kids develop a healthy body image despite what they see and hear in the media?

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