The Soup

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Snarky TV roundup skewers celebs and pop culture.

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

Positive Messages

There's nothing overtly positive going on; the general idea is to make fun of -- and encourage -- outrageous behavior and television foibles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Want positive role models? Keep looking. Most of the time, the real-life people and celebrities featured on the show are being held up for public ridicule because of their bad and/or strange behavior. McHale positions himself as being somewhat "above it all," but he also seems to relish celebs' embarrassing missteps.


Occasional replay of mildly violent scenes from other shows.


Regular mentions of threesomes, erections, sexual promiscuity, and the like, along with occasional clips from other shows showing characters making out, etc.


Some use of "hell" and "damn," but bleeped swearing is rare.


Occasional mention of brand names (including Viagra, Playboy, etc.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Regular mentions of celebrities and/or fictional characters who use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Clips from other shows sometimes include shots of partying/drunken cast members.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, because this "highlights" show rounds up the best of the worst when it comes to television and pop culture, teens who watch will be exposed to an ever-changing roster of iffy content. Any given episode could include mentions of threesomes and drunken outbursts or clips of two scantily clad people sharing a bed. But it could also feature relatively harmless compilations of Paula Abdul saying ridiculous things like "I love you. I want to hang you from a string on my rearview mirror." You never know. The tone is generally snarky and sarcastic, inviting viewers to join in on the fun of mocking celebs and reality show stars.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 September 14, 2013

Great and Hilarious show

A funny show making fun of exactly what this earth doesn't need which is reality TV. The humor is very clever and always has me laughing, but this show is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 15, 2013

Finally, A Good E! show

After seeing all this garbage on E!, I finally saw a show that interested me and what other E shows should've been like, it's funny and entertaining.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE SOUP, host Joel McHale shepherds viewers through an unruly landscape of mostly bad television, pointing out each week's most embarrassing and ridiculous moments via video clips -- and making fun of them accordngly. Although some newsy tidbits pop up from time to time, this is no news show; it's essentially a roundup of pop culture minutae. Regular segments include "Chat Stew," "Reality Show Clip Time!" and "Let's Take Some E!"

Is it any good?

If you're a pop culture junkie and can't stay away from shows that are so bad that they're somehow good, The Soup actually makes your life easier. "We watch so you don't have to," goes the show's motto -- and that pretty much sums up its value. Don't have time to watch trainwreck-worthy fare like Kendra or The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Let The Soup watch for you and collect the most cringe-worthy stuff. Don't really want to watch The Wendy Williams Show but can't help being fasincated by her antics? No problem. The Soup is here.

Of course, neither The Soup nor its irreverant host take themselves seriously -- and neither should you. After all, the show isn't meant to be anything more than pure guilty pleasure entertainment ... and in that department, it delivers in spades.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether shows like this point out the absurdity of TV programming or merely feed the beast. Why do shows with the most ridiculous content tend to be the most popular? Why are so-called "train wrecks" so appealing?

  • How does this show treat celebrities? Does it revere them or tear them down? Are most of the celebs featured good role models or bad ones?

  • How do you think the show chooses which "stories" to run? Do you ever learn something by watching, or is it just mindless entertainment?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 1, 2004
  • Cast: Joel McHale
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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