Yo Momma

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Yo momma will turn this trash off.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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.

What 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?

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008
Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written bypotternut April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008

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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008

lol there has to be no kid who hasnt heard and/or repeated these jokes.

I loved this show but I havent seen it in a while. The host, Wilmer Vladerama, goes to a random city (usualy in the bigger cities) and goes in search of the big... Continue reading

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?

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?

Talk to your kids 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?

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