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TV review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Jackass TV Poster Image
Crass, crude, and certainly not for kids.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 35 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series features the art of being crude, rude, and disgusting as entertainment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The guys constantly taunt, insult, and fight with each other, as well as make fun of others.


Plenty of personal injuries (mostly mild, but not always) from the stunts the guys put themselves through. What often starts out as play-fighting can turn pretty intense/painful. Their goal seems to be to bash each other as often and as forecefully as possible (with the assistance of heavy machinery, if possible).


Anything crude is played up. Bare butts are glimpsed, and the guys often make fake thrusting movements and grab themselves. Sophomoric behavior and comments are the norm.


Plenty of fairly mild swearing (harsher words, like "f--k," are bleeped) and coarse, rough language among the show's posse.


Products and signage show up mostly in the background.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some stunts are so far out there seems no other explanation for why the participants do them except for booze. Some to-dos are predicated on bring drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show glorifies the art of being crude, rude, and disgusting. The participants stop at nothing when it comes to taking on stunts; the more cringe-worthy, the better. They frequently put themselves at risk of physical danger and are always taunting each other and putting each other down. Adults who have the sense not to try the stunts for themselves (and don't mind watching people painfully make idiots of themselves) may get some laughs, but for kids, this is shock TV at its worst.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMr. Strong April 9, 2008

Not for kids!

It's not for kids, but adults will LOVE it!
Parent of a 12 and 13 year old Written byMarioginfante August 30, 2014
Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... November 12, 2010

Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

this movie is just painful my dad said this movie is for idiots i dont like it and and how the f could the guy jump high when the guy was coming
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Witness a man getting attacked by police dogs that he purposefully taunts; see someone drink to oblivion and throw up all over the place; view a melee played for all it's worth, with everyone's arms swinging and hitting. These are just some of the pratfalls and antics deemed worthy of this MTV series following Johnny Knoxville and his motley crew of fearless, shameless thrill-seekers. Inspired by a Finnish show called The Dudesons, JACKASS has also earned a big-screen movie of its own and is one of MTV's most popular -- if not highest quality -- offerings.

Is it any good?

If this show were to have another title, it probably ought to be Men Behaving Badly. Or insanely. Or both. In short, Jackass makes no bones about appealing to the adolescent boy in everyone -- and in many ways, it's brilliant at what it does: hooking viewers.

Jackass certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea. In fact, it's probably not advisable viewing for anyone under 15, considering the strong language, nudity, and general craziness. Most kids are much too young and much too impressionable to filter through it all and appreciate the laughs without mimicking the guys' sometimes-dangerous audacity. And no one wants to have their teenager chased down by guard dogs simply because they're trying to replicate what they see on TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what drives people to do stunts like these, when they'll most likely get hurt and at the very least end up looking like complete fools. What's the attraction? Is the rush from performing these silly, wacky, and outrageous derring-dos worth the trouble? Families can also discuss the difference between daring and bad taste. Where do you draw the line? And what about when other people are involved? What's the difference between playing a funny practical joke and being cruel?

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