I first heard of this series when I was watching a WatchMojo top 10 list of things that today's children won't recognise and that video has used several clips from the Kids React series on the Fine Brothers Entertainment YouTube channel. These clips were from videos of children reacting to old technology such as rotary phones, VCRs and VHS tapes and an old computer to name but a few. After having watched the WatchMojo video, I decided to subscribe to FBE to see more of those reaction videos including those that were featured in the countdown.
The first Kids React video I watched in full was 'Kids React to Rotary Phones' (it once made the papers in the Daily Mail) because I was fascinated to see their reactions to an old-fashioned telephone and trying to work out how to use it. There were also some unintentionally funny lines in this episode such as Lucas saying, "I wasn't born in the forties so I have no idea what you are talking about" in response to the question about the dial tone; Maxim's "loading or searching or something?" in response to the busy signal and Thomas explaining that his relatives in Chicago would only say, "happy birthday, bye" because they didn't want to pay extra money if they were making a long distance call. This video is also my most viewed Kids React video to date.
Not only did I really enjoy the rotary phones episode but I also enjoyed watching videos of the kids reacting to other types of old technology such as the VCR and VHS tapes; typewriters, a computer from the late 70s or early 80s; the first ever iPod; a camera that required film; and a Walkman. In addition to the old technology reaction videos I liked the ones of kids reacting to viral videos such as Mishka the talking Husky; Nyan Cat; Harlem Shake (especially if the Fine brothers included their own version of the meme); and What Are Those?! as well as them reacting to toys such as Teddy Ruxpin and Skip-It and pop stars such as the Beatles (I was surprised when most of the kids knew who they were) and Adele.
There was only one episode that I wasn't particularly keen on and that was the Donald Trump one. Although I agreed with those who think that Trump shouldn't be president, I did not like the clips of him because he was very mean in them.
The show has some very good production values despite the set design changing throughout the series (I found the sets in the earliest episodes stereotypical due to them using blue wallpaper for the boys and pink for the girls). I like the running gags such as, "Aw... Cute! (mostly used with Emma R)," "Truth!" and "Emma's Words of Wisdom (another Emma although others might have been used for this trope too)." Although I was surprised to see young teenagers aged 13 and 14 on this show for a start because I expected to see them on Teens React, I soon learnt that "kids who are technically teens remain on Kids React until they enter high school" as per the descriptions on some videos so now I know that children on this show are typically aged 4 - 14. I also like how Benny and Rafi Fine interact with the children.
Overall despite the Donald Trump episode and my initial surprise of young teenagers being on this show, this is a very entertaining web series that I am glad I have discovered and I look forward to seeing even more of this series in the not too distant future. 9/10.
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