People's List

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Light pop culture news full of celebrity headlines.

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Positive Messages

Popular culture is relevant, important, entertaining.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some inspirational people are highlighted.


Headlines discussed include mobs, shootings, deaths.


Occasional mild sexual references.




People magazine, Facebook, Snapchat; brands such as Bloomingdale's, H&M.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking referenced occasionally.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that People's List, a joint effort between People magazine and ABC, is an entertainment-themed magazine show that features weekly news stories connected with celebrity news and gossip. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Snapchat are discussed, high-end labels are noted, and logos for stores such as Bloomingdale's and H&M are visible. There's some discussion of violent events at times, as well as some mild sexual references. Occasionally words such as "hell" are audible.

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What's the story?

PEOPLE’S LIST is a tabloid news series that offers perspectives on the biggest popular culture headlines of the week. Hosts Jerry O'Connell and SuChin Pak guide viewers through the array of top stories people are talking about that week and list the top five people they believe audiences should be interested in. Regular segments featuring writers and editors from People magazine also shed more light on the latest topics and trends. From zany interviews with celebrities about their latest movies to the stories of inspiring everyday folks, it explores issues relevant to the world of entertainment and human interest.

Is it any good?

From the latest social media crazes to Beyoncé's fashion choices, the mildly entertaining series offers an insiders's look into the world of celebrity and popular culture. But while it taps into the fun and glamorous people in the entertainment world, it also nods at political figures, doctors, and other individuals who are making a difference in the world.

It doesn't shy away from darker issues, including shootings and other violent events that are making news headlines. However, these stories are framed within the context of their being relevant in today's pop culture spectrum. All in all, it's a series that's meant to be more fun than it is informative.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about popular culture. What is it, exactly? Who or what influences what people believe is relevant, stylish, and trendy?

  • Why are so many people interested in celebrity culture? Do tabloid television shows such as this one report true information about them? Are their lives really that different from those of non-celebrities?

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