The Show with Vinny

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Jersey Shore alum warmly chats up celebs; some iffy topics.

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

Positive Messages

The love of family is a major theme here. Guests discuss some of their own issues, such as growing up poor, or being in jail, in limited detail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vinny has his quirks, but he is an intelligent young man who loves his family. The main cast is Italian-American; guests are from all walks of life. Some celebs have had legal issues or have served time in prison. Most are greatly appreciative of the warm treatment they receive from the Guardadinos.

Violence

Occasionally catty discussions and arguments break out between the sisters and a few guests. Some featured celebs make references to violent pasts and/or criminal behavior.

Sex

Vinny likes to flirt with his female guests. He occasionally takes his shirt off in front of the cameras. Contains lots of conversations about sexual activity; contains words like "ho" and some crude references to genitals.

Language

Words like "hell" and "bitch" are audible. Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

YouTube, Google, and other online platforms are referenced. IPhones are visible, but the logos aren't shown. Logos for celebrity product lines like Truckfit; guests also discuss their websites, albums, films, and appearances.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine consumption is visible. References are made to Southern Comfort and other hard liquor. Vinny and his pals are known for over-consumption.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Show with Vinny features former Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guardadino hosting his own talk-reality show at his family home. Kids might be drawn to the celebrity guests and his loving Italian family's quirkiness, but like a lot of MTV shows, it contains lots of strong (and sometimes crude) sexual references, strong vocab, and the occasional argument. There's some drinking and some references to getting drunk, too. Despite all of this, it contains very positive themes about family and being welcoming of others.

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What's the story?

THE SHOW WITH VINNY stars former Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guardadino as he hosts his a talk show from the comfort of his family's Staten Island home. Celebrity guests like Li'l Wayne, Mark Wahlberg, Ke$ha, and Jenny McCarthy stop by to hang out and chat with the reality star, while mom Paola makes sure that everyone gets a great home cooked Italian meal. Also joining the fray are Vinny's two sisters, Mariann and Antonella, and their colorful Uncle Nino. Occasionally his pals from the Shore, like Snooki, check in, too.

Is it any good?

The unique series is a talk show that takes on a reality series format by featuring guests chatting one-on-one with Vinny in-between scenes of them interacting with the Guardadino family. Also interesting is the fact that the cameras and the show's production staff aren't always hidden from view.

It's quirky, but if you are looking for conversations with any sort of substance, you definitely won't find it here. Occasional arguments with family members can also get a little wild. However, there is also a lot of kindness here, thanks to the efforts Vinny and his family make to make their guests feel welcome.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talk shows. What makes them popular with viewers? Is the the guests? The host? The topics they discuss?

  • What makes this show different from other talk shows on TV today? Is it because it looks like a reality show? What other ways have talk shows tried to appear more interesting and/or appealing to viewers?

  • If you were to host a talk show from your home, what would it be like? Who would you invite to chat with? What would you talk about? How do you think your family would react to having them in the house?

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