People Icons

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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TV version of popular magazine explores celebrity lives.

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Positive Messages

Celebrities are important parts of pop culture. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some folks are famous for doing interesting, creative, heroic things.


Celebrity conflicts detailed; serious injuries, fatal illnesses, suicides discussed. 


References to being sexy, mild innuendo; folks in skimpy clothes, partially dressed. 


It's an offshoot of People magazine.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Substance abuse, overdose-related deaths discussed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that People Icons is a series that profiles celebrities and other notable people featured in People magazine. There are some references to romance and being sexy, and film clips feature some suggestive moments. Serious injuries and disturbing deaths, including suicide and drug overdoses, are briefly discussed. These details all are offered in a biographical context, but a few of the series installments aren’t ideal for younger viewers.

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What's the story?

PEOPLE ICONS is a limited series about some of the most iconic celebrities of our time. Hosted by Lara Spencer, it looks at celebrity couples, the "sexiest men alive," and people who have died. It also looks at everyday survivors and heroes. Music, film clips, and interview excerpts with celebrities, writers, and pop culture experts help to tell these stories. From looking at the romance between couples ranging from the Obamas to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to discussing the loss of people such as Robin Williams, it shares details about the range of significant people who make up our popular culture. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted tabloid series is, simply, a TV version of People magazine. It offers quick glimpses into the lives of the celebrities, athletes, and everyday heroes and touches upon those details and pivotal moments that make them stand out. 

Some celebrities are profiled more than others, but People Icons doesn’t offer a lot of in-depth information overall. Nonetheless, folks who enjoy hearing about their favorite pop culture legends, or other people who may inspire them, will find something here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite celebrities. What makes them appealing? Their looks? The characters they play? Do you consider them role models?

  • Shows such as People Icons present celebrities as important members of our culture. Why? If they're known for engaging in negative behavior, is it appropriate to celebrate them in this way? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 7, 2017
  • Cast: Lara Spencer
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 28, 2020

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