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Little Big Shots
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Big Shots is a talent show that features kids' incredible talents in everything from piano to Jackie Chan martial arts impressions. It's not a competition, so there's no pressure on the kids to perform or criticism that follows their efforts, and there are lots of laughs with Steve Harvey's lighthearted conversations with the performers. You'll hear YouTube mentioned often, as many of the kids were discovered via viral videos. If you’re looking for something you can watch with your whole family, this entertaining, lighthearted show might be just the thing.
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What's the story?
LITTLE BIG SHOTS is a comedy-variety series in which child prodigies put their talents on display. Executive-produced by Ellen DeGeneres and hosted by Steve Harvey, the show features kids whose accomplishments in music, dance, academics, and downright amazing tricks far exceed their years. Before turning over the stage to them, Harvey sits down for one-on-one conversations about whatever's on their minds. In some cases, he also attempts to match his skills with theirs, which always turns out hilarious results.
Is it any good?
Part America's Got Talent and part Kids Say the Darndest Things, this impressive display of pint-size accomplishments lacks the stresses of competitive shows and is a lot of fun to watch. With no judges or scoring to worry about, the focus stays right where it should be -- on young kids who will amaze you with their skills. Equally entertaining are the comical free-form interview sessions that start out with Harvey asking the questions but usually wind up with the kids in the driver's seat and him willing to go along for the ride.
Many of these little big shots rose to fame the viral way, so if you've watched the videos that circulate on YouTube especially (Harvey mentions them when applicable), you'll already know what some of them can do. Even so, it's still amazing to see what they can do, and with subjects close to their own ages, Little Big Shots beckons to kids and families.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the talents they see on display on Little Big Shots. How much of these kids' abilities come naturally to them, and how much is cultivated through practice, perseverance, and hard work? Which acts are the most impressive?
Do your kids watch Internet videos like the ones that made many of these kids famous? What rules do you have about Internet use? How much personal information is too much to share online, even with friends?
What are some of your kids' talents? Are they skills that they practice, or are they just hobbies? Do they like to share their abilities with others? Would they ever want to compete?
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