Ridiculousness

Common Sense Media says

Video clip show has stunts, stereotypes, and sexual content.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The sillier the stunt and bigger the accident, the funnier it appears to be.

Positive role models

People participate in dumb, painful, and/or potentially fatal stunts for fun; Dyrdek and the cast poke fun at them. Stereotypical comments like "redneck" are sometimes used to describe people.

Violence

Blood isn't visible, but people consistently crash into tables, poles, trees, walls, sidewalks, etc. and shout out in fear and/or pain. Occasionally accidents include setting oneself on fire. A woman gets run over with a motorbike while sitting in a wheel chair. Not everyone wears safety gear while riding bikes and skateboards or purposely engaging in stunts.
 

Sex

Frequent crude sexual references include comments about "nut busting," "humping," and "sticky tips." Animals are shown actively mating and trying to mate with people and/or inanimate objects. Occasionally people are shown imitating this behavior. Men are shown shirtless and/or pulling off their pants; nudity is blurred. Videos showing injury to the crotch area are prominently featured; a man is shown lighting fireworks from his crotch.

Language

Words like "hell" are audible, while frequent profanity ("s--t," "f--k," etc.) is bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional drinking (beer) and cigarette smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this video clip series showcases amateur Internet videos of people participating in dangerous stunts that can result in painful and potentially fatal injuries. There are also strong sexual references ("humping", etc.), some stereotypical commentary ("redneck"), lots of bleeped profanity, and images of people smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that the stunts featured here should never be tried at home.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

RIDICULOUSNESS features amateur online video clips of people attempting dangerous stunts -- and crashing and burning when things go wrong. Hosted by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, the show organizes viral videos of people skateboarding into trees, throwing themselves from rooftops, and lighting themselves on fire into categories like "Redneck Good Times," "Everybody Humps," and "Nut Flix" to give them some context. As they're played back for viewers, Dyrdek -- along with his Fantasy Factory receptionist/rapper Chanel "West Coast" and Songbook Entertainment A&R Director Sterling "Steelo" Brim -- offer their thoughts about what they're seeing. Guest hosts -- including Johnny Knoxville and Travis Pastrana -- and some of the people featured in the videos also join the fray.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The series mixes popular Internet videos of silly, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior with footage of accidents at BMX races and other events; the goal is to create a lighthearted viewing experience. But replays of some of these scenes often include people cursing and screaming out in pain (ha ha?). And scenes containing more sexually explicit material are accompanied by the hosts' stereotypical jokes and crude comments. 

Warnings about the dangers of attempting the featured stunts featured are overshadowed by the fact that most of what's being shown is popular because people seemingly can't get enough of watching outrageous stunts that lead to painful accidents. Some folks may find it entertaining, but the mixed messages the show offers about the consequences of these activities makes it socially irresponsible.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes video clip shows popular. Do you think it's responsible for a TV series to show people engaged in dangerous activities for a laugh? Or should we just shrug it off as entertainment?

  • Whose responsibility is it to make sure that viewers know that these kinds of activities can cause serious injuries?

  • Is it ever OK to use stereotypes to define a person or group, even if they're intended to be funny? Why? How does the media contribute to and/or discourage the use of stereotypes?

  • Why do you think people post videos like this online in the first place?

TV details

Cast:Chanel West Coast, Rob Dyrdek, Sterling Brim
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written byShockbudd April 21, 2012
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18
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Waste of time watching and waste of people with talent

Lmao all this reviews are lies unless your 10 and you shouldn't even watch this show! The host is a really bad one, he makes you feel so unconforble and he trys to be funny when he looks so awkward so much! Why does this have to be on tv there's a whole lot of talented people. The name of the show sounds so dumb! It would be better called boringness!
Kid, 11 years old November 2, 2011
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12
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ridiculousness's TV-PG rating is ridiculous

A very profane, sexually inappropriate, and potty-mouthed show that I'm surprised made it to the TV-PG rating. This show may be hilarious, but upon seeing any blurred nudity, I'd instantly walk out of the room with a new visual scar. Some sexual innuendo and bad language that usually gets bleeped out, but for an MTV show, it's actually regular! A good teen show if they like familiar-face shows or shows like Tosh.0.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 19, 2014
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11
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Hilarious!!!! Not for as clean as America's Funniest Home Videos

This show is Hilarious! Though there is language (mostly bleeped out), some mild violence (this show is mostly about clumsy people with dumb ideas getting hurt), and some inappropriate content/references. The ones rated TV-PG usually aren't that bad, but the ones rated TV-14 can be pretty bad. Funny, but not for younger viewers.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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