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 Good Mythical Morning is a comedy YouTube channel that's mostly older tween- and teen-friendly -- even as the stars of the show eat stomach-turning food concoctions and sometimes perform "don't try this at home" experiments. Friends since childhood, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal host this daily variety show from behind their desk, featuring lots of weird food tasting, experiments involving fire, duct tape, silly skits, and more weird food. Rhett and Link eat gross stuff like "rocky toad legs" ice cream with bug toppings, python cupcakes frosted with shed snake skin, and pig anus cupcakes. There's no profanity, and most of the humor is generally clean, with the exception of a few anatomical-based jokes. The Good Mythical Morning crew -- a team of 20-something women and men -- sometimes gets involved in the skits, too.
What's the story?
GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING's episodes rely heavily on eating gross food and lots of teen guy humor. Many episodes highlight one type of food ("Will It Snow Cone?" "Will It Cupcake?" or "Will It Pasta?") and mix ingredients that wouldn't typically be found in those foods. Rhett and Link "dink it and sink it" (toast and eat) the food, as the viewer cringes at Duck Balls Pasta and Philly Cheese Cupcakes. Other episodes include skits, experiments (sometimes with fire), and the behind-the-scenes work of the show's crew.
Is it any good?
Somehow, Good Mythical Morning makes two guys sitting at a desk and eating gross stuff fascinating and entertaining. In addition to the food challenges, Rhett and Link share fun banter and some off-site experiment-based skits that are fun but not as compelling as their food episodes. Bottom line: These lovable guys are such good friends that you just want to be in on whatever they're doing. Parents may want to re-stress the guys' warnings to viewers about what to do to make stuff safe -- and what not to do at all because it's just not safe outside of the world of YouTube.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online fads and dares. Why do you think people do them? Why are some more dangerous than others?
Talk about friendship. What qualities make Rhett and Link's friendship so much fun to watch?
Talk about digital media creation. Good Mythical Morning's crew shows highlight how many people it takes behind the scenes to create a popular, consistent YouTube channel. Brainstorm ideas with your kids about what digital creation is fun and manageable at their age and stage.
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