A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show is all about being silly, does show contestants losing gracefully.
Positive Role Models
Kid contestants are diverse and talented performers; adult host Jay Pharoah and celebrity guest stars are good kid role-models. Contestants are good sports and lose gracefully.
Products & Purchases
Lots of pop culture references where movies, TV shows, etc. are mentioned by name, but not in an explicitly promotional way. While not mentioning social media platforms by name, several segments mimic social media content and memes.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unfiltered is a kid-focused game show that's full of pop culture references. It's hosted by Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah, but all the jokes are mild enough for kids. Celebrity guests briefly mention the TV shows and movies they star on, and many of Pharoah's jokes reference media properties. While not mentioning social media platforms by name, several of the show's segments mimic social media content and memes.
Is It Any Good?
Kids into pop culture will love this silly game show. Host Jay Pharoah is hilarious with his rapid-fire pop culture references, the kid contestants are likable, and the celebrity guests are great sports. Nickelodeon's Unfiltered was conceived and originally produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, so all actors are shot in front of a green screen and recorded remotely. The show has fun with this limitation: A ton of '90s internet-inspired graphics pop up throughout. It feels very current for Gen Z in the time of the pandemic (one graphic reads "2020 is canceled"). There is copious use of Snapchat-style video filters, and segments are presented in meme-worthy ways. It's fun and funny, and a clever way to make fresh content while Hollywood's production has ground to a halt.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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