Parent reviews for Total Request Live (TRL)

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Common Sense says

age 16+

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Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

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Based on 2 reviews

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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More dumb than anything else

The FIRST MTV generation should remember when music videos were a work of artistic output. Now that Viacom has taken over, MTV is all about commercialism. They've come a long way ... down ... since masterpieces such as Guns & Roses' fascinating and enigmatic video for "Don't You Cry Tonight" got regular, uninterrupted airplay. Today, music videos are now simply a background mechanism for the marketing. It is annoying to watch. While the videos play on TRL, badly written comments from viewers scroll across the bottom or an inset video of some kid yakking aimlessly about how great the band is gets in the way. If parents let their kids watch this stupid, brain-jarring, simpleton of a show, then they should also have them watch the Frontline episodes "The Way the Music Died" and "The Merchants of Cool". These two programs should give them a solid understanding of what kind of manipulation they are under while viewing the 21st century MTV, what their favorite stars went through to get there, and may even save them from the level of commercial ignorance that has infected a good number of their peers.