Jenna Marbles

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Comedic character loves her dogs, boyfriend, hair dye.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mourey sometimes talks about her education; she lovingly cares for her pets; she's not afraid to experiment with her appearance in lighthearted ways that poke fun at herself; and she's accepting of other people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mourey shows viewers that women can be as talented in and successful at silly, slapstick comedy as men.

Violence

Silly discussions about her boyfriend buying her hamster a toy gun. Learning jiujitsu from her boyfriend.

Sex

References to hooking up, getting drunk, and having sex. Some apps reviewed on Jenna Marbles include sexual content. Jokes about body parts. Sexual banter between Jenna and her boyfriend. During at least one video when she reviews negative comments posted about her, commenters reference her using sexually degrading terms ("c--t," "bitch," "slut").

Language

Repeated, regular swearing is part of the Jenna Marbles comedy schtick, including "f--k," "motherf---r," "c--k," "d--k," "s--t," "damn," and "ass."

Consumerism

Minimal mentions of brands (like Target, where she shopped to decorate a room for her dogs).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos center around getting drunk (Drunk Makeup Tutorial). Discussion of girls lying about taking diet pills. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jenna Marbles is a YouTube comedy channel created by Jenna Mourey. Jenna Marbles' comedy skits often include her dogs, her hamster, and her boyfriend, Julian. She labels her weekly posts "Sexual Wednesday," although she often posts on Thursday, and most of her videos aren't about sex. In some videos, she reviews apps (Reviewing Bad Apps), in others, she pokes fun at female stereotypes (What Girls Do in the Car). Many of her videos show her playing with her pets (Making Tiny Things for our Hamster). Mourey uses a lot of profanity (mostly "s--t," "f--k," and related phrases), and she has intentionally filmed some videos while drinking to get drunk.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhelloloona September 1, 2018

Lots of swearing, but very positive and entertaining.

Jenna is genuine and cares about making her audience happy and laugh. She swears quite a bit and makes some inapropriate jokes, but she is a good role model and... Continue reading
Parent Written byAgitatedSmile July 17, 2018

Genuine

She tells things like they are. She swears but everyone in this world does. If your child is in middle school, they hear way worse at school. Jenna is inclusive... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byalicialeinen December 28, 2017

I love her

I absolutely adore Jenna and her random, but relatable quirks. She never fails to show you what living like a normal person looks like, but she always seems to... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 22, 2017

I love Jenna

I'm 11 years old, and I think her channel is fine for kids ages 12+, she swears a quite a bit, but I'm pretty sure a mature 12 year old can handle it

What's the story?

Watch a few episodes of JENNA MARBLES and you'll see the most random stuff: Jenna building a car for her hamster, throwing a pool party for her dogs, showing you how to put on makeup while drunk, reviewing bad apps with her boyfriend. There's a lot of profanity, some slapstick comedy, some sweet moments about her pets, and a lot of self-deprecating humor on this quirky YouTube channel. 

Is it any good?

There's a lot of funny stuff in these comedic adventures showcasing the creative life of a young American woman -- at times, Jenna Marbles almost feels like a modern-day, profanity-laced version of I Love Lucy. Other times, however, it seems like Mourey pulls out every old stereotype of the clueless college girl to land a joke. She's not always the greatest role model, doing things like getting drunk on purpose for some videos. Still, she's very popular with many teens and college-age girls because she taps into a culture that celebrates the fact that girls can be rip-roaring funny in ways that are real -- and not at all cute or within the bounds of what's "appropriate." For this, Jenna Marbles stands out in the crowded male YouTube field.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Jenna plays a character as opposed to appearing as her real self. What's the difference? Would she be as funny or able to do the same things if she weren't in character? 

  • Ask your teens what they think about some of the negative comments Jenna Marbles receives from viewers. When does speech turn from an opinion to hate speech? Why do people leave comments? 

  • Talk about Jenna Marbles' use of profanity. Throughout the history of comedy, swearing has been used by many comedians to spice up their act. Does your teen think it has that effect? Do you? Discuss why or why not.

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