A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Sidemen Show is a reality series in which a group of YouTube stars try physical challenges presented by celebrity guests to prove themselves able adventurers. Because of the seven Sidemen's existing fame, this show will be a draw for tweens and teens who know of them, but its mature content is concerning. There is pervasive strong language, including "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," "son of a bitch," and "Jesus Christ," plus many edited instances of "f--k." There also are references to being horny and mentions of body parts like penis and "ball bag." In other words, just about anything goes here, and some scenes also show the guys acting rudely to the people they meet on location. Like many reality series involving celebrities, it's fun to see stars in new roles, but parents should be cautious of this one's content where tweens and impressionable teens are involved.
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What's the story?
In THE SIDEMEN SHOW, seven YouTube personalities -- Behzinga, Wroetoshaw, KSI, Zerkaa, Miniminter, TBJZL, and Vikkstar123 -- test their mettle against the likes of survivalist Bear Grylls, stuntman Steve-O, snowboarder and DJ Steve Aoki, and other celebrities in their quest to prove their courage, finesse, and strength. The series is filmed on location worldwide, and each episode sees a celebrity guest posing challenges to the young men. Even as they work to best their competitors, these friends find the fun in facing off with each other in these unique contests.
Is it any good?
These YouTubers' popularity individually and as a group will be this show's main draw. A reality shows and stunt competitions go, it's nothing to write home about. Some of the "challenges" are anything but -- flipping a slipper from your foot onto a pile of dishes, or shopping at a Marrakesh bazaar for clothing appropriate to the area, for instance. Given the buildup and the involvement of some pretty big-name stars, this kind of content is a letdown.
Even if your tweens and teens are familiar with the Sidemen's previous videos, this show's edgy content is worth a preview before you give it the thumbs up for them. There's a lot of language, some references to sexual topics and graphic talk of body parts, and a general sense of egotism that follows these internet stars wherever they go. If that's not the kind of behavior you encourage in your teens' entertainment role models, then The Sidemen Show may be one to skip.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what inspires people to accept roles like these. Are these guys desperate for fame? Do the challenges teach them anything important about themselves and their ability to conquer fear? Which of the stunts in The Sidemen Show would you be interested in trying?
Were you drawn to this show because of the people involved, or is this your first introduction to them? How has the internet -- and video sites like YouTube especially -- changed how we define fame and celebrities? Are all of them deserving of the title? Why or why not?
Do any of these men stand out for leadership qualities or other character strengths? What personality traits would facing physical challenges bring out in you? Is a TV role model's behavior on the screen important to how you feel about them?
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