A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show offers trivia about the music, videos, and performers.
Positive Role Models
The show's writers sometimes resort to poking fun at the performers when they run out of good trivia.
Violence & Scariness
The violence depicted in music videos isn't as graphic as that on TV shows, but, nevertheless, you can see anything from fist fights to shootouts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Considering how many music videos feature sex-related material -- lascivious lyrics, scantily clad dancers, Madonna! -- it's no surprise that sex is a common theme in nearly every episode. Runs the gamut from innuendoes to partial nudity.
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Some songs contain offensive language ("damn," "bitch") and often their "pop ups" do, too.
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Products & Purchases
Yes, from actual products to the music itself. In general, though, commercialism isn't as rampant as in other shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some video performers/characters imbibe and indulge in some/all of the above (drugs, alcohol, tobacco), sometimes to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this addictive trivia/music video show is, above everything else, all about the laughs. Sometimes those laughs are quite cheap, somewhat bawdy, and even downright mean. Still, for viewers with the maturity to get the jokes, it's quite fun.
Is It Any Good?
Some of the show's not-so-good episodes can be hard to digest: The information is sometimes ho-hum, the pop-culture references not esoteric enough. Sometimes it seems like the writers are scraping the bottom of the barrel for a piece of trivia worth including in the episode. (What could be worse than trivia that's so trivial as to be uninteresting and unfunny? Example: "More people drink tea than water." Big deal!)
Even worse are the potshots taken at the artists themselves; the show sometimes gives the impression that when writers run out of juicy details to dish out, they resort to poking fun -- which, more often than not, doesn't quite hit the mark (and doesn't really fit with the show's lighthearted, fun tone, either). Nevertheless, the tangential nature of the tangents themselves is what makes Pop Up Video so enjoyable. Writers rightly mimic the way that viewers tend to leap from one subject to the next while watching anything on television -- it's pure, pleasurable stream of consciousness.
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