A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although it's all meant to be in good fun, the show's general message is that it's acceptable -- and entertaining -- to talk about other people and make fun of them.
Positive Role Models
The series isn't trying to showcase positive role models. Still, most of the talking heads are snide and overly snarky, and the people they talk about are frequently selfish, rude, or careless.
Violence & Scariness
Some clips feature arguing or fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk sometimes steers toward sex, with words like "sexy" or "boobs."
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Words like "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole" are bleeped, but terms like "d-bag," "bitch," etc. are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Comedic discussions about using drugs or drinking to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a good bit of swearing in this glorified Top 10 list of themed superlatives -- like "The Ten Craziest Reality TV Meltdowns" or "The Ten Cutest Celebrity Babies." The strongest words (including "f--k" and "s--t") are bleeped, but other terms -- like "d-bag" and "bitch" -- are audible. Since the show rounds up discussion topics from a variety of places, episodes could include sexual subject matter or highlight semi-violent clips from other television series. Expect some (comedic) references to drugs and drinking, too.
Is It Any Good?
It's no secret that The Short List relies on a formula that a lot of people like, using comedians' unfiltered snark to poke fun at celebrity culture. But that doesn't mean it stacks up to the much funnier shows that came before it, including VH1's stand-out Best Week Ever and I Love the ... series.
Maybe it's the uninspiring topics (do we really care about celebrity babies or, even worse, the famous tools that might have spawned them?) or the show's roster of obscure (and largely unfunny) comics. Either way, if you're looking for quick-fix laughs, you might not get what you came for.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.