Parents' Guide to

Tubi

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Streaming site has more mature than kid-friendly content.

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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

One of the best video streaming services that is free and legal!

Tubi is one of the best free and legal video streaming services out there. However, the review is correct with the fact that it has more mature content than kid-friendly content. Sure, there are ad-breaks, but that is not a problem. In various films that are on the service, there is some positivity, like educational value, positive messages and role models. But there are some things to watch out for, too, like violence, sex, language, and drinking, drugs and smoking, which occur in most of the films on the platform, since there are more mature films are included than kid-friendly content. I do think that the age recommendation was too high, though. But it’s always hard to tell with thousands of films available on a platform. I would recommend the Tubi app over the Tubi website, though, since the app is more convenient and easier to find. I love this platform and it is very easy to use because there is no subscription required, since it is completely free. If you are looking for a good more or TV show to watch, try Tubi. You won’t be disappointed.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Children’s shows to adult content

Well this app was programmed with zero common sense. My kids like to watch superwings, but when one episode is over it just stops completely and always goes to “live” tv, and something that looked like “The Shining” was playing in their bedroom when I walked in. This has happened a few times, although now I’m always ready to change the channel. On all other streaming apps, one episode will lead to another, or it will at least go to a live children’s channel when the show has ended. I’m over it, no more tubi. They can watch snippets of superwings on YouTube.

Is It Any Good?

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This web-based entertainment service offers an impressive number of titles, although not all of them are appropriate for younger viewers. Although you may not have heard of some of the shows and movies on Tubi, there's a good amount of foreign films and award-winning options, plus inspiring independent titles, music, and other selections that can broaden kids' horizons. You can't purchase a subscription or otherwise pay to avoid the occasional commercials that are shown, but they're not too intrusive -- you may, for example, only see one before and one during an hour and a half movie.

It's easy to watch things on the site; you can fast-forward or rewind movies and shows and save titles to a queue to watch later if you register. Determining which items would interest you most unfortunately isn't quite as straightforward. Users can type a title into a search field to see if it's available, and a section that lists items that are ranked highly on the Rotten Tomatoes rating site can help identify some potentially high-quality options. Separate sections list the site's most-watched movies and items that are currently trending -- but there's no easy way to filter the selections in a category to, for instance, see the most recent horror releases, or see all the items on a page that are rated PG-13. If you're willing to weed through the various sections, there are plenty of titles on hand to keep you and your family busy for a good while. But the several kids-focused categories are the only places to reliably avoid R-rated films and mature TV series. Generally, Tubi can be a worthwhile free entertainment resource for adults. But for kids under 17 who are viewing it independently, the potential for exposure to mature content probably isn't worth the gratis access to movies and shows.

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