React to That

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Watching kids watch video clips is mediocre entertainment.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The purpose here is to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.  

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The show involves YouTube videos and is inspired by a YouTube channel, so kids may gravitate toward the website if they like the show. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypuper15 May 27, 2015

Is nickelodeon this desperate?

I used to love nickelodeon. Pre-2005 Spongebob and Fairly odd parents, Hey Arnold, and Rocko's modern life were the shows I grew up on. They are classics... Continue reading
Adult Written byGregory Nelson September 16, 2015

Not Even Mediocre

Nickelodeon imported YouTube, with Fred, AwesomenessTV and Breadwinners, Then they imported the Fine Bros Kids React with React to That, They ruined it by makin... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 20, 2015

Violent, ridiculous, cliche show is so-so.

My rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.

What's the story?

In REACT TO THAT, kids and teens share their real-time reactions to an assortment of YouTube videos. Inspired by the Fine Brothers' YouTube channel KidsReact, React to That shows viewers by themselves or in small groups watching video clips on a computer screen and responding to what they see. With video content ranging from gross-out kid moments to amazing feats of strength and skill, there's no telling what participants will say in response. The show also incorporates various challenges for the participants, inspired by one or more of the clips. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the YouTube videos they see. Were the people involved intending to do something funny? If not, is it OK to laugh at what happened? How might you react differently if you saw the same thing happen in person?

  • Kids: Do you find this show funny? Do the kids' reactions to the clips add anything to its overall entertainment value? 

  • What kinds of uses do your kids have for the Internet? Do they ever watch video clips such as the ones on this show? What safety issues exist with sharing your own information online? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 15, 2014
  • Network: Nickelodeon
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming

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