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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

"News" show is celebrity worship at its worst.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Not as bad as people are making it seem

Yeah, from the way things look, the show should really be rated 14 instead of PG in my opinion. However, there's not much swearing but there is a bit of sexual content. It's generally a mix of news and comedy. I give TMZ a 13+ rating because some content may be a bit too mature for younger viewers. I'd say 12 at the very minimum.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
age 16+

a complete waste of time

It would probably be an overstatement to consider this show to be not for kids (which is why I put the green light at 16). Still, after having just seen a few seconds of the show, we need to ask why people want to know all this about celebrities. Why can't we focus just on the positive aspects of their lives like people did in the past? Shows like this subtly encourage people to be more interested in and care more about the bad behavior of celebrities than we need to be. Without shows like these people would care less about Lindsay Lohan's escapades. The only thing I ever found useful from this show was that Wimpy in the Hanna-Barbera Popeye cartoons was actually voiced by both Daws Butler and Don Messick. Even that I only found out not from the show itself, but in a trivia game, taken from someone who read their website.

Is It Any Good?

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Despite the fact that TMZ TV is on for less than an hour, it still seems like its producers are grasping at straws when it comes to finding news. In fact, the only interesting aspect of the show is the opening segment, which captures TMZ managing editor Harvey Levin's story meeting with his staff of eager young news gatherers/celebrity stalkers, during which they plan the content for the episode you're about to watch. It's both fascinating and frightening to see the tabloid machine in motion, and you can't help but wonder whether it will ever stop.

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