A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that FBE is a variety YouTube channel created by Benny and Rafi Fine, the online producers known as The Fine Brothers. Most of the videos on this channel are "react" videos, where FBE viewers watch how kids, teens, adults, and elderly people react to popular videos. They definitely vary in content; for example, "Elders react to 'For the D--k Challenge and For the P---y Challenge,'" "Teens React to Green Day," and "Kids React to Cartoon Network 25th Anniversary." Other FBE videos are comedy sketches, or FBE podcasts filmed as talk show-style couch conversations with other YouTube stars. Some react videos and sketch comedy skits on FBE contain swearing and sexually suggestive content.
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What's the story?
FBE's weekly schedule is a mix of react videos (Kids React to AC/DC, Teens React to 13 Reasons Why), comedy sketches (Water Will Kill You! and Inappropriate Parents: The College Party), and podcast conversations, which are similar to celebrity talk shows. The react videos show people of specific age groups reacting to popular online videos. The sketches often belong to a series with ongoing themes.
Is it any good?
There's a good mix of content on this YouTube channel and a lot of it is funny -- but some is pretty raunchy. Some days, FBE posts a podcast taping with conversation about the ups and downs of the YouTube celeb world. Another day it's a silly skit about parents reminiscing about their college party days with their horrified teens. But the most popular (for good reason) videos on FBE are the react videos. There are some seriously cute videos of elementary school-age kids reacting to old cartoons; there are some hilarious videos of teens watching music videos from their parents' era; and there's some seriously raunchy videos watched by elderly people who react in predictable (but still pretty funny) ways. Overall, FBE is an entertaining comedy YouTube channel, but some parents may find their teens laughing at things they'd rather the teens not see yet -- or maybe ever.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the kids, teens, adults, and elderly people who participate in the react videos on FBE. Would you or your teen want to be in a react video? Why or why not?
Talk about the YouTube stars that appear on the FBE podcast. Does your teen idolize them, see them as role models, recognize them as real people? Read "Should I be concerned about my kid's celebrity obsession?" for more ways to talk about famous YouTubers.
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