Pants-Off Dance-Off

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Voyeuristic performance show lacks intellect.

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Positive Messages

The show presents people from various ethnic backgrounds as well as people of various sizes as performance artists who take their clothes off while dancing. While it's not sexually motivated, this may be considered negative behavior by some people.


Some music videos contain mild violence, including pushing, shoving, and one disturbingly odd video in which it looked like the participants were electrocuting each other (but no one was hurt).


No nudity, but contestants are constantly in various stages of undress. Some suggestive dancing. Occasional mild references to sexual behavior by contestants and in music videos.


No outright swearing; various terms used to describe male/female genitalia include "pee pee," "schlotz," and other words that are more silly than offensive.


Music videos highlight popular music groups throughout the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and tobacco use are visible in some music videos. Lyrics containing references to drugs are occasionally noted.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show promotes popular music by having people take off their clothes while dancing along to videos. While there's no nudity, viewers can see people dancing in various stages of undress. Viewers are encouraged to participate in online activities related to the show. Parents should also know that the videos shown in the background sometimes contain sexual content and mild violence inappropriate for young children.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byamber66 April 9, 2008

umm can u say stupid

dumb and unappropriate
what a stupid show

What's the story?

Called "the dumbest show on television" by some critics, PANTS-OFF DANCE-OFF features everyday folks from all walks of life dancing and taking off their clothes while music videos play in the background. Luckily for viewers, the performance art-like striptease stops before the underwear comes off. Viewers are then invited to log on to the Web site to see the full routine, chat, and vote for their favorites. The week's winners move on to Saturday night's "ultimate pants-off competition," in which one lucky exhibitionist wins a cash prize. The show is hosted by personalities such as Tila Tequila, Kirsta Ayne, and Jodie Sweetin -- best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner in the hit '80s sitcom Full House. Dancers get to tell their own stories in a format similar to that of VHI's Pop-Up Video, including what inspires them to dance naked.

Is it any good?

As the first viewer-influenced interactive dance-music game show to hit television, the show reflects today's technology-driven generation. And despite its title, Pants-Off Dance-Off isn't particularly sexy or raunchy -- in fact, it has a unique (albeit peculiar) kind of humorous mass appeal, since the show's participants are treated more like performance artists than exhibitionists. Not the most intellectually stimulating of programs, Pants-Off Dance-Off is a voyeuristic experience that offers viewers -- at best -- mind-numbing but amusing entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how some kinds of dancing can be viewed as a performance art. What performances qualify as artistic? When is nudity considered artistic? When is it without artistic merit? What motivates the dancers to do what they're doing? Would you ever consider it? Families can also discuss their different tastes in music and videos.

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