It Only Hurts When I Laugh!

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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User-submitted clip show about people falling lacks empathy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

The narration is all about making fun of people and how they get hurt. No sympathy is expressed, and many of the videos are repeated. For example, in one video of a young girl talking to a camera, the narrator says, "And, yeah, she gets hurt," in a callous tone, as if it will be funny to see her injury.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the people featured take their falls because they are, in fact, doing something stupid, like riding a bike off a picnic table.


The whole show is about people falling on camera; some car accidents are included. Theoretically, no one is seriously hurt, but in at least one clip, a kid biking on an indoor ramp hits the ceiling, falls, and isn't seen moving again. Also, the narration seems to take pleasure in the pain that people suffer. In at least one episode, women are shown fighting after one falls off a stripper pole.


One episode features a woman climbing on a stripper pole.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes of social drinking; one might also assume that some of the falls featured were the result of too much alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this home-video clip show makes light of what could be serious accidents. The show features scenes of people falling, stumbling, and even getting into potentially serious traffic accidents -- with no information about the outcomes. The narrator implies that it's funnier if someone is hurt, sending a message to young viewers that discourages empathy. Remind kids not to try anything similar on their own.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLottieSue June 27, 2011

How can we get this filth off the air?

Discussing, debase, filthy and depraved. Swearing and sexual innuendo in a constant stream. The word "Ass" constantly used in just about every video.... Continue reading
Parent of a 16-year-old Written bygunner214 December 20, 2010

Should not be watch by anyone period

Even adults should not watch a show that has a gymnist kicking a toddler so hard the child flips over and over before hitting the floor. Or anyone being hurt th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 May 29, 2010

Funny show with some adult content

Some episodes feature strong language (bleeped) and milder language (unbleeped), and some sexual humor. Some clips are of men hurting their testicles. Clips are... Continue reading

What's the story?

IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH is a collection of viewer-contributed video clips featuring accidents, tumbles, and \ stunts gone wrong, all edited to highlight the pain and humiliation of the subjects/victims involved. The narrator eggs on the laughs with comments like, "There's \ nothing funnier than pain, humiliation, and looking stupid, just as \ long as it's happening to someone else." Clips range from the mildly gross -- like a baby spitting up into an adult's mouth -- to the dangerous, like a motorcyclist thrown from a fast-moving bike.

Is it any good?

Sure, sometimes it's fun to laugh at others' mishaps, especially when they're laughing along, too. But there's a mean-spiritedness to the narration in this show that isn't amusing. Some of the clips are funny -- a roller blader skates into a pond with two dogs diving in after him, for example. But others are downright disturbing, like when an elderly person trips in a hole and falls flat, with no movement shown afterward.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether shows like this contribute to a lack of empathy for others. Kids: Why do we sometimes laugh when people fall?

  • All of the video clips are contributed by viewers. Why do you think people would submit videos of themselves or others getting hurt?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 22, 2009
  • Network: truTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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