Parents' Guide to

Pop Up Video

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poking fun at videos works for teens and up.

TV VH1 Music Videos 1996
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 27, 1996
  • Network: VH1
  • Genre: Music Videos
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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