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TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Danisnotonfire TV Poster Image
YouTuber regales his awkward moments in funny, salty videos.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Dan has no issues sharing his embarrassing moments for the entertainment of his audience, which suggests he's fairly comfortable in his imperfections. For teens who are going through hard times themselves, it may be helpful to see someone who's able to laugh at the past in an attempt to move forward. Many of the stories involve reenactments that poke fun at other people in Dan's life, but it's all in good fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dan is emotionally secure enough to share embarrassing moments from his past with his viewer, showing people that you can get past anything.


"Damn," "s--t," and all variations of "f--k" are audible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danisnotonfire is a YouTube channel on which Dan Howell shares funny personal stories and awkward moments from his life. The stories are funny, and Dan's ability to spin a yarn makes them doubly so, but there is much unedited language ("f--k," "s--t") to contend with throughout. If you're looking for meaningful entertainment, you won't find it here; Howell's stated objective is to make viewers feel better about their own embarrassments by sharing his awkwardness. That said, his ease with his own shortcomings does remind viewers of the value of being without self-consciousness.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byOso R. November 22, 2017

I want to love him, but....

Dan & Phil are hugely popular on youtube - our child started getting into them at age 10 - and we took her to the live show (Dan & Phil are Not... Continue reading
Adult Written byseranda11 November 21, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byHarryPotterIsAwesome December 10, 2017

Relatable, hilarious content does get pretty vulgar.

“Dani Snot On Fire,” or Daniel Howell, is a British Youtuber whom I watch way more than I probably should. His stories, hilariously convoluted messages and som... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byeliisacoolboi January 5, 2018

My Opinion Of Daniel Howell

I have watched Dan and Phil coming up to two years now. I do not regret it. Dan is depressed and said so in his video "Daniel and Depression" This ma... Continue reading

What's the story?

DANISNOTONFIRE is a collection of anecdotal stories from British video blogger Dan Howell about his personal foibles and awkward moments. Through retellings and reenactments, Dan attempts to make viewers feel better about their own mishaps by sharing his in excessive detail and laughing about them. Other episodes show Dan answering fans' questions and co-hosting the show with his friend Phil Lester.

Is it any good?

Dan's hyperbolic oversharing is laugh-out-loud funny at times, thanks in no small part to his natural ease in front of the camera. Whether it's his failed attempts at piano lessons or the bizarre tale of how he learned a valuable life lesson from his pet hamster, Dan's reflections are relatable for anyone who has embarrassing skeletons in their own closets.

For the most part, Danisnotonfire is palatable fare, save for the chronic salty language. Most enjoyable is Dan's self-deprecating nature and willingness to laugh at himself, which makes the stories that much more entertaining and enjoying them that much more guilt-free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this kind of entertainment. Can Dan's videos teach you anything positive? Do you think that's his goal? Does entertainment have to be educational to be quality work?

  • What is the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at them? Why is it an important distinction to make? Where does bullying factor in? Does the fact that Dan puts his own embarrassment out there make him fair game for being the brunt of jokes?

  • Teens: How does social media change how fame is assigned? Can anyone be famous now that the internet is accessible to all? What is the downside to this accessibility?

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