Parents' Guide to

Making Fun

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Irreverent makers create fun builds, some rude language.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 4+

No more belittling

I’m really enjoying the humor of the men making the items. I do not enjoy the interaction with the children. Why are we choosing children who have zero manners or respect towards others. Also please stop referring to them as “brats” this comes across as a positive in this show. Can the show go in a more positive direction of encouragement? Showing kids that it’s possible to create things??
age 18+

Adults are Harsh and Abusive to the Kids

The premise is cool (designing and building ridiculous life sized toys). But the adults in the show are so harsh and abusive to the kids in the show. One episode went so far as calling a kid in a costume a "furry"!! I do not want to teach my kids that treating other people that way is okay.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This STEM show has faults, but if grown-ups are able to overlook them, the whole family can enjoy a wildly entertaining and inspiring series. The producers of Making Fun made an interesting choice in casting DiResta and his friends. They are incredibly talented at what they do, but their rude and surly behavior doesn't really scream "kids show." Most of DiResta's whole "I don't like kids" schtick is clearly tongue-in-cheek, but why even go there in a show aimed at kids? Why include curse words when this show has the potential to appeal to an even younger kid audience? And, why is the cast made up of 5 white males who substantially follow stereotypes?

Aside from these issues, Making Fun is likely to be a home run with kids. The hosts are very silly, and the show uses funny graphics and song montages to keep it lively. The actual builds they make on the show are pretty awesome, and encapsulate a lot of topics with high kid appeal (poop, pizza, pandas, etc.). There is a lot of educational content woven throughout each episode. If grown-ups can look past the iffy elements and embrace the irreverent silliness, Making Fun may quickly gain a prime spot in your family's viewing rotation.

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