The Sidemen Show

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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YouTubers' fame will draw viewers to rowdy stunt series.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show puts these seven young men in competitive scenarios and emphasizes discord and playful banter that arises among them. They take very little seriously and sometimes are rude to passersby or destructive to the equipment they use and encounter on the show. In some cases the challenges encourage them to step out of their comfort zones and push themselves in new ways. Lots of bathroom humor like farting in an enclosed vehicle to gross out another person.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Sidemen put themselves in potentially dangerous situations for entertainment value, and they have fun doing it. They often tease and irritate each other.

Violence

Some of the stunts the Sidemen attempt have a component of danger to them, such as alpine sports or a driving race across the desert. A few of the hosts put themselves at even more risk with challenges, as when Steve-O jumps off a roof to break a series of light tubes by straddling them as he falls. Actual injuries are rare, though. The show carries a warning to viewers to not attempt any of the stunts themselves.

 

Sex

Jokes and conversation relating to sex is common among this mostly male cast. They talk about being horny as well as their genitalia (penis, pubes, ball bag, etc.) Little is off limits in casual conversation.

 

Language

Frequent strong language, including "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "badass," "piss," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation. "F--k" is edited.

 

Consumerism

The Sidemen are popular Youtubers in their individual rights, so viewers for whom this is a first introduction to the guys may want to check out their other work.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bySteven Wood September 2, 2018

Its all right, but is good for teens

There really much to say about the sidemen show, but your typical guys messing around they even say its aimed for teens and not kids
Adult Written byhelloloona September 1, 2018

Not the worst content on youtube

A lot of swearing and somewhat violent content, but not the worst content your teens could be watching. Would not recommend letting kids under 12 watching.

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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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