React is Exactly What It Says on the Tin — the Fine Brothers, Benny and Rafi, who produce other material on their channel but are best known for this, show viral videos, popular songs, YouTube stars or the like to various people of different age groups, the first of which is Kids React where children from 4 to 14 years old react to such videos. This series, which debuted on October 16, 2010, won a special Daytime Emmy Award in 2012 for "Best Viral Video Series" and it was no slouch in winning this either, considering that the series went up against the likes of Epic Meal Time and College Humor's Jake And Amir.When teenage kids enter high school, they "graduate" to Teens React, the second age group in the React series which debuted November 17, 2011 and is based around a similar principle, just with teenagers ages 14 to 18. (After they graduate from high school, they remain on Teens React until they turn 19.) Since those two were made, another React series debuted on May 24, 2012 called Elders React, which obviously has elderly people in the main roles.The React series came full circle when YouTubers React debuted on December 6, 2012, and yes, this is the closest thing that this show will get to an "Adults React".All React episodes can be found on the TheFineBros YouTube channel here.As of this video, new Kids React and Teens React episodes come out interchangeably on Sundays, new YouTubers React episodes come out every other Thursday, and new Elders React episodes come out at least once a month on Thursdays when there isn't a new episode of either YouTubers React or Spoilers.note Which is another series that the Fine Brothers do that is also Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
The React meta-series has examples of the following:
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Absentee Actor: Despite that they rotate the people around, there are a few regulars and fan favorites missing every now and then. Lia not appearing in "Teens React to Jacksfilms" and "Teens React to Dumb Ways to Die" are standout examples.
Audience Participation: Almost every single topic is suggested by fans, although some viewers have negatively commented on the overwhelming preference for more recent topics. Some of the regulars on the React shows have even questioned why did viewers pick some of the videos they've watched, and have made pleas to the fans to pick something better than what they've put up with.
Kids React: The ones on KONY 2012, bullying, and Osama bin Laden's death were more serious and more thought-provoking than the average episode (especially the KONY 2012 video).
Teens React also covered bullying, having been shown the Amanda Todd video on React's one hundredth episode. Weeks later, they've covered the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Catchphrase: Lia's "creeper" and Morgan's "Follow me, camera!" There's also Eric's "Swag".
Lia did stop using "creeper" after, of all things, "Kids React to Minecraft", but she finally said it again in the Teens and Elders React crossover episode, "Teens/Elders React to Election 2012".
Invoked one time with Morgan (ignoring her no-longer-used, "Follow me, camera!" catchphrase). She yells out "Pig supreme!" when reacting to the Rebecca Black video ("It was like "pig supreme". It's a dessert with a pig on top"), which would fit all the requirements of a catchphrase apart from her using it only one other time. (In the same filming session, but shown in a different video, she shouts "Very fantastic. Pig Supreme" when reacting to Talking Twin Babies.)
Cloudcuckoolander: Morgan, every now and then. Justified since she's five years old at the beginning of the series. In recent days she's been growing out of that, or at least she's better at expressing it... along with some Hidden Depths.
Dylan is also a bit of this, although he's older so it's harder to explain about him.
Royel and Emma R. are often this as well, and they're both about the same age at six years old. Sadly Emma's been growing out of it, but newcomer Maksim (also 6!) is a serious contender.
Maksim: "I wish my parents were witches and wizards, then I can do everything I want."
Some of the elders are this when they get into things, especially Diane.
Color-Coded Characters: The shows' thumbnails on YouTube; a yellow background for Kids, cyan for Teens, grey for Elders and fittingly, red for YouTubers.note Well actually, YouTubers React's thumbnails use a red frame surrounding a space shaped like the site's logo, which has YouTubers in front of a blue background within it.
There is also the first (and so far, only) cross-generational React episode in "Teens/Elders React to Election 2012". Kids React had a separate, individual episode, though their reactions were mentioned to both the teens and the elders.
William and Dylan in "Jedi A-holes Strike Back" by Freddie Wong, who returns the favor by appearing in YouTubers React episode 2.
Deadpan Snarker: Plenty of the older kids fall into this, mostly Jake and William. Out of the teens, Rumor, Tom, Adam, Alix, and most definitely Eric have their moments. YouTubers React takes this Up to Eleven of course, and the elders are naturally in a class of their own.
Benny Fine: "Do you want to get married one day?" Adam: "Yes. (Beat) I couldn't think of anything smartass to say."
Don't Try This at Home: The Fine Brothers put up this warning for "Kids React to Cinnamon Challenge", "Elders React to Challenges (Cinnamon, Salt & Ice, and Milk Chug)", and "YouTubers React to Knife Game Song", and for good reason, too.
A perfect one from Lia when she finds out who originally did the cup song in "Teens React to the Cup Song".
Loads and Loads of People: There are quite more than a few regulars that get rotated around often in each React series. Usually, these recurring people may be absent so that the Fine Bros can balance each episode between regulars, newcomers, and the occasional Special Guest.
Mood Whiplash: What follows "Teens React to Bullying (Amanda Todd)"? "Kids React to 'It's Thanksgiving' (Nicole Westbrook)".
Near the end of the latter episode, Morgan went from being calm and polite to mad and argumentative upon hearing that a lot of people dislike the song just for the heck of it. Note that Morgan was one of only a couple kids who likes this song and was very defensive of it.
Benny Fine: So many people are so mean about this video, but you're so nice about it.
Morgan: Thank you.
Rafi Fine: So many people seem to find it fun to not like videos.
Morgan: That is bad! Bad! Just don't even give it thumbs down, just say you hate it, but don't show it!
There's several cases of conflicting views lined up together.
Nice Hat: Some kids and teens on random occasions. Jake's fedora is a notable Kids React example.
Rock from Elders wore his stetson into the studio for "Election 2012" and (quite appropriately) "Gangnam Style".
Yehuda Fine wears his black baseball cap backwards.
Jeordy's feathered hat in "Teens React to the Cup Song"
Maksim: "Once I bited one of my parents, and he had blood."
From "Elders React to Murdered My Wisdom Teeth":
Rock: "I had a back operation... when I came out, I was really in a different place, and I thought I was in Vietnam."
N-Word Privileges: From Ethan laughing off the idea that he would still be a slave if not for progress and amendments, to Royel just blurting out "is he black?" in response to the One Pound Fish guy (Pakistani, for the record).
Once per Episode: Question Time!note Only Kids React shouts it; the others don't even have an exclamation point.
One of Us: Several kids on the show, especially William. Also invoked with the teens, and seems to be the whole point of YouTubers React.
After the guest appearance of Alex Steele ("Teens React to the Honey Badger"), they've managed to get a male Alex for their next guest. ("Teens React to Jacksfilms")
We've also had two Lucases (one guest on Teens, one newcomer on Kids). And it took a while but they now have a second Morgan, who's alongside Morgan Bertsch (the regular) in "Kids React to Grumpy Cat".
They've even got two Adams; the Teens React regular and Tay Zonday, whose real first name is Adam.
Real-Life Relative: Turns out Lia and Emma (and Sammie from the earliest episodes) are sisters, who knew?
Athena's brother Demitri has shown up in a couple of episodes as well.
Recycled Premise: All of the React series have gone over some of the same topics as another React in some form or another at various points.
Most of the earlier Elders React episodes covered topics that were already covered by Kids and Teens React. They're just recently started to get away from this, but currently, there are at least four episodes that covers a topic not previously discussed by the youth.
Kids React has repeated some topics from the other Reacts, as they've discussed about One Direction, which was once a topic on Teens React. Granted the Fine Brothers showed a different music video, but still.
With "Teens React to Bullying (Amanda Todd)", since bullying was already covered by Kids React, all of the first three React series have reused a topic at some point.
Guess which viral video was one of the first three videos shown to the YouTubers. Yes, it's "Gangnam Style", which was already covered by Teens and Elders React. Even Shane Dawson went Screw This, I'm Outta Here for a second.
It gets ridiculous in episode two when the first video on that episode is "Chocolate Rain" (last seen on Kids React), with Tay Zonday himself in the studio.
Episode four of YouTubers React features Fred, which came up once very early in Kids (twice if you count Lucas Cruikshank showing up in person for Teens).
If we're going purely by topics, elaborate/extreme pranking has been covered across the first three series:
"Kids React to Fake Celebrity Prank" and "Remi Gaillard"
Setting a new record for how quickly a popular topic can be repeated,note The Election 2012 episodes notwithstanding, as that topic was chosen by the Fine Brothers for obvious reasons at the time. the "Harlem Shake" got covered by the teens a week after the kids covered it. Apparently, fans needed to know both age groups' opinions on it very badly. It seemed like after the Teens React episode it was pretty much inevitable that they would also get the elders and YouTubers reacting to it as soon as possible, but thanks to the rapid burnout the meme suffered this topic never got to be covered on the other two shows.
Boxxy was shown in Teens React and YouTubers React.
On the other hand, it took them one and a half years to revisit Hatsune Miku for Elders React (now with an additional clip with Kagamine Rin and Len).
The Japanese dog commercial was shown on Kids React and YouTubers React.
"Teens React to the Cup Game" could be considered a Bowdlerization of "YouTubers React to the Knife Game".
There were also three or four instances of Words of Zen.
A Teens React-specific one has Eric trying to hook up with the pretty women that he has just seen in the videos by giving out his phone number, only to be censored post-production after the 925 area code to protect his full identity.
Small Reference Pools: On average, about a fifth of the people already know of the subject matter. The teens (and YouTubers!) can be counted on to skew this figure up to a third, but not always - just watch what happened when Lia only just learned about Amanda Todd.
YouTubers React is virtually, "Special Guest: The Series".
Spin-Off: Teens React, Elders React, and YouTubers React are all really this to Kids React.
Strange Minds Think Alike: Lampshaded when the Fine Brothers tend to edit all the nearly-identical reactions in direct succession.
When the elders were asked about what they'd do to the Creepy Child ("Scary Elevator Prank") and the kids about what they'd do when approached by a stuffed dragon toy ("Dragon Baby"), the phrase "probably kick it" came up both times. Similarly, both Morgan from Kids and Madison from Teens say "put some pants on" in regards to the Harlem Shake.
Strictly Formula: We watch a bunch of people of a certain age group (or a bunch of Internet video celebrities) watch a video or a series of videos that are related to the subject of discussion and see their reactions to those videos. Then, two producer brothers ask them questions about what they've just watched. After that, the interviewees say goodbye to us and request that we give a thumbs up to the video we've watched, subscribe to the producers' YouTube channel, and suggest a new topic for them to cover.
One exception to the first part is "Teens React to Slender", which is explained in the Teens React folder. Also, the very special episodes often lack the goodbyes and replace the intro with a message from the Fine Brothers explaining why they've decided to have them tackle these stronger subjects.
YouTubers React tends to be about two-thirds Internet culture (either YouTubers or memes) and one-third pop culture.
Take That: With so many different reactions, some fall under this.
The Voice: The brothers never appeared onscreen until Benny appeared in the bonus footage of "Teens React to Prank vs. Prank'' (as well as Rafi's hand). Both of them appeared in a main video for the first time at the end of "Teens React to Harlem Shake". This doesn't matter much as they have appeared in the flesh in their other shows well before these videos were made.
Throw It In: Twins Megan and Shannon sometimes get sidetracked thanks to... well, each other.
Breakout Kid: Likely due to being older, Lia Marie Johnson was significantly more popular than the other regular kids—which is probably what led to Teens React. She even appeared in the video that announced Teens React.
Morgan Bertsch seemed to be the viewers' new favorite kid on Kids React after Lia moved over to Teens React.
William Sherman was also a popular kid on the show, due to him being more aware of what happens on the Internet than any of the other kids, as well as for being a Deadpan Snarker. In the comments section of some post-William Kids React episodes, some fans have stated how much they miss him and even tried asking why was he no longer on the show.
Cat Fight: What Megan and Shannon do when asked if they could do any karate moves.
What Could Have Been: A "Kids React to the Royal Wedding" was planned for the week after said event occurred, but Osama bin Laden's death two days later resulted in a change in subject matter.
And Now For Something Completely Different: "Teens React to Slender" where in the then-longest React episode ever, rather than having the teens watch to an online video and responding afterwards, they are forced to play a scary computer game with stage lights dimmed, headphones on, and their reactions while playing are captured in real-time. (They still react afterwards, though.)
(On the Pitch Perfect "Cup Game" clip with Anna Kendrick kinda bending over) Rumor: "Can I just say that on Pitch Perfect, her... cleavage kinda bothered me..." Ethan James: (kinda stoned) "Like, she's really good... and she's hot, so I'd settle for her..."
Madison: "Oh. Future Pig... Sss... I have no idea." Lia: "For Peoples' Safety!" Eric: "Frequently... Piledriving... Sumo-wrestlers."
Episode Title Card: Sort of; it's the only React series that has a visibly unique Title Sequence for each episode, using black-and-white screenclips of some of the teens who appeared on the episode. The one you see on the image above is showing Kostas as he appeared on "Teens React to Pew Die Pie".
(reacting to FPS Russia): "You wanna see guns, just walk into the 'hood!"
Take a Third Option: Literally in "Teens React to Rick Perry's Strong"; a snap poll is taken and it's a landslide vote against voting for Rick Perry, until Devin goes "I'm more of a Ron Paul kind of guy". This is noted beside the scoreboard.
Ian Hecox: I had to dance behind the Shit Girls Say guy, and it was very creepy because he looked like a very attractive woman.
Bait and Switch: The Rick Roll in place of the bonus material doesn't count since that's the premise; that would be the sudden Nicolas Cage during "YouTubers React to Goat Remixes".
Book Ends: YouTubers React started with the subjects watching more than one clip, thus the episode itself is just numbered instead of "X React to Y", which is how Kids React started out like. This switched to standard format on the third episode.
The fact that episode one started with past dance crazes with "Evolution of Dance", and ended with one of the latest ones with "Gangnam Style".
Mundane Made Awesome: This React series has the most dramatic background music, as if the Fine Bros are trying to tell us that watching YouTubers watching and reacting to other YouTube videos is awesome.
Mythology Gag: The title animation is actually based on the one for the Fine Brothers' Spoilers series.
Shane Dawson: "I've never done it... only three times... on all three of my channels."
Recycled Set: The YouTubers appear on the other React series' sets rather than using an original set, and neither their age or gender have an effect on what set they appear on, although they've ensured that returning guests get the same backdrop as before for continuity's sake. The only thing that's unique to this React is a small YouTubers React cling covering the laptop's logo.