Yo Momma

Common Sense Media says

Yo momma will turn this trash off.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The winner is the one who trash-talks about others the "best."

Violence

Jokes about street violence.

Sex

Jokes about sex. "Yo momma's so ugly, when your dad wants to have sex in the car, he tells her to get out."

Language

Language used in jokes includes "butt," "bitch," "ugly," "fatty," "sex," "drunk."

Consumerism

When opponents' houses are raided, they show products to the camera.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Jokes about alcohol consumption.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this series is billed as a comedy, young men and women fire "yo momma" jokes at one another with the sole intent of causing embarrassment and degradation. Each joke follows a format: "Your mother is so 'something' that 'something bad or embarrassing' happened as a result." The trash-talking jokes are clearly not taken seriously, but are they only funny when poked at other people?

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Yo momma's so fat, when she steps on a scale, it says, 'To be continued' -- that's about as harmless a YO MOMMA joke as one will find on MTV's comedy competition series. Hosted by That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, the program features young men and women representing their home turf by battling it out through quick exchanges of in-your-face trash-talking jokes, which are judged on originality, quickness, delivery, and sting. Each half-hour episode includes three rounds: the first is a free-form Yo Momma competition on the streets of the two rival neighborhoods; in the next, two finalists are picked from each location and Valderrama escorts each finalist to the home of his or her opponent; and round three begins back on the streets, with a live, rowdy audience from the two neighborhoods. A winner is given a cash prize, and each week the daily winners put their money on the line and trash talk/joke their way to the final championship.

Is it any good?

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With Wilmer officiating, Yo Momma moves quickly, often with dramatic and raucous laughter. Still, the jokes are all about making fun of the intelligence, physical appearance, or sexuality of a person's mother -- or of that person specifically. In the third round, for example, finalists visit each other's homes, giving each a chance to pick up "ammunition" so that the final round can be as embarrassing and personal as possible. Nothing is spared -- they look at the opponent's photos, what they eat, who they live with, what they wear, how dirty the bathroom is, etc.

Given that most of the competitors are of color, there's also a cultural component to Yo Momma that kids in this demographic will get, while most parents probably won't (although the show does include some mothers who back up their competing kids and throw in Yo Momma jokes of their own). Are these the kind of jokes you want your kid to repeat to his/her friends ... about you?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the challenges of performing -- specifically, being funny -- in front of others. What body language and expressions make jokes funny? How can jokes be successful without relying on humiliating another person?

TV details

Cast:Wilmer Valderrama
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written bypotternut April 9, 2008
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Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008
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Perhaps the dumbest show ever invented-- and it's not even funny

If watching immature adults stand around and insult other people is your idea of a good show, then I can say nothing except I'm very sorry. I watched this show once, and it was enough to show me just how stupid and free of entertainment it is. Insulters do just that, and act horribly in doing so. Sections of the insult games are horrible also, like "Family Bagging". Plus, to top it all off, what is the point of having a insult-joke show if the insults aren't even clever, more or less funny. It's even worse than "Wild'n Out", which was already a ppor attempt to recreate a modern-cultured "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"-- which comes highly reccommended, especially from me, since I've been watching it for a looooooooong time. So don't even waste your time with this junk; you'll regret it deeply otherwise.
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
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