Total Request Live (TRL)

TV review by Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

The latest MTV generation screams its way through.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

not rated for age

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+


I recently went to a live taping of a revival of this show. I am 28 years old and I thought it would be interesting to see how TRL has changed. However I brought one of my friends with me and I can not believe the experience. Assuming I am correct in thinking that the main audience is 16-19 or younger, the audacity of the people who decide who gets to sit in the main audience is unreal. You walk inside and they blatently look each person up and down and decide if you are good enough to sit in the audience that will be on camera. Even if you were waiting in line first, if they did not like you're appearance to the back you went. Behind the cameras and out of site only used to make noise in the studio. They were looking for a specific appearance for the audience in front of the camera, skinny and extremely attractive according to them, every one else can go screw themselves. What a way to validate every jerk in high school that looks are everything regardless. This whole experience was extremely upsetting, how dare someone look a young girl or guy up and down and shun them to the back of the room when they were first in line! I hope this show tanks and soon
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TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 14, 1998
  • Cast: Carson Daly
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Music Videos
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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