A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The purpose here is to entertain rather than to educate.
The show is designed to make people laugh at other people's misfortune, especially in the case of stunts gone painfully wrong. Other videos elicit reactions with gross-out moments and pranks.
Positive Role Models
People in videos often behave badly and aren't to be emulated.
Violence & Scariness
Some videos show people as the victims of painful accidents (falling off a roof, for instance) or doing potentially dangerous stunts. A disclaimer plays multiple times during an episode to remind viewers not to imitate what they see.
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Products & Purchases
The show involves YouTube videos and is inspired by a YouTube channel, so kids may gravitate toward the website if they like the show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that React to That shows kids and teens offering spontaneous responses to YouTube videos as they watch them. Nothing about that aspect of the series should worry parents, but it's always a good idea to follow up with reminders about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at him. As to the video clips, expect to see plenty of mishaps that look like they'd hurt and pranks designed to upset their victims, as well as some gross-out moments. There also are impressive stunts caught on film, necessitating the disclaimer against trying anything like them at home.
Is It Any Good?
As much as watching YouTube videos is an entertaining way to while away some free time, watching other people watch them is decidedly less entertaining in this case. The show is billed as unscripted, but the kids' reactions often feel unnatural and exaggerated. What's more, it encourages the kids on-screen to laugh at the victims of pranks and painful mishaps, which could send some mixed messages to young viewers about if and when it's appropriate to laugh at someone's misfortune.
Arguably the show's best elements are the challenges inspired by one or more of the video clips. From testing the kids' knowledge of geography to tasking them with peeling a clementine on the first try, these sequences are more easily believed to be off the cuff, which makes them a lot more fun to watch.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.