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Vlog Brothers

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Smart, supportive brothers make nerdiness awesome.

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

Positive Messages

Digging into current events, trivia, the weird of the world, and more can be fun. John talks about his struggles with mental illness. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

John and Hank are obviously friends as well as brothers. They give a space for other "nerdfighters" to feel accepted and cool. 

Violence

Some videos may contain discussion about war and other violent topics.

Sex

Vlogs about sex-related topics or sexually suggestive jokes in some videos. 

Language
Consumerism

Mentions of John Green's fiction books and related movie ("The Fault in Our Stars"), VidCon (created by the Green brothers), marketing and media brands, sports teams, etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some videos contain pro-marijuana legalization messages. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vlog Brothers is a YouTube channel by brothers John and Hank Green intended to raise "nerdy to the power of awesome." John (author of numerous novels including The Fault in Our Stars) and Hank (co-creator of VidCon and multiple YouTube channels including SciShow) take turns posting vlogs about everything from the number of countries with nuclear weapons to "Why Is the Disney D So Weird?" This Green brothers' channel is less educational, more just for silly fun, than their other educational YouTube channels. They sometimes answer questions from their viewers (nicknamed the "nerdfighters"), and other videos include Hank's wife in vlogs and feature other YouTubers. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note that our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others, and we do our best to capture the overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family.

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What's the story?

VLOG BROTHERS' videos include current events (Why Do So Few Countries Have Nukes?), personal vignettes (The New Zealand Five Cent Coin), viewer questions (How to Make Guys Like You) and every now and again a controversial topic (This Video Is About Marijuana). The brothers each have their own specialties in their solo videos (making up songs, discussing books, taking field trips), and they sometimes create vlogs together.

Is it any good?

John and Hank Green are prolific content creators, and this YouTube channel is yet another winner. Vlog Brothers isn't quite as visually interesting as some of the image-heavy vlogs from their other projects (Crash Course, SciShow). Instead, there are a lot of vlogs here that just show one or both of the brothers talking on-screen with an occasional website screenshot added to the mix. But with the variety of topics and formats and the brothers' sheer enthusiasm for making nerdy stuff interesting, Vlog Brothers is worth watching, especially for teens and adults who consider themselves "nerdfighters." 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Vlog Brothers embraces nerdiness. What makes these two so interesting? What does it mean to take on the name of a "nerdfighter" if you're one of their fans?

  • Talk about how Vlog Brothers weaves humor and fun facts into current events. Do you think it's a good way to share information? 

TV details

For kids who love YouTube

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