A Little Help with Carol Burnett

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Adults ask kids for advice in fun, funny panel show.

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age 7+
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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it also reminds viewers of the value of seeking guidance and inviting other opinions when facing a difficulty in life.

 

Positive Messages

The series puts kids in the position of doling out advice to adults instead of the more traditional reverse relationship. Their wisdom is predictably simple, but still can be applied to grown-up dilemmas. Every person has a voice in this show, and no opinion is discounted because of its giver's age or life experience. Often the dilemmas encourage the kids and viewers to consider how to blend honesty with kindness.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The young panel members are unabashed about sharing their ideas with Burnett and the adult guests on the show. They're polite to each other even when they disagree, they take turns answering questions, and they build on each other's ideas. The adults involved keep the focus on the kids' advice and maintain conversation at their level.

 

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Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "sucks."

Consumerism

The entertainment work of the show's guests gets mention (Friends, Modern Family, etc.).

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Little Help with Carol Burnett is a panel discussion series where grown-ups seek the advice of kids. Questions involved quandaries like time management, phone addiction, romance, and dealing with difficult people. Each episode invites a celebrity guest to the stage to glean wisdom from five youngsters who take turns suggesting ways to solve the day's problem. Other segments show the co-host, Russell Peters, chatting one-on-one with other kids about a similar topic, and confessional-style interviews in which kids opine further. This family-geared series offers worry-free content, lots of laughs, and some possible conversation starters because of its focus on relatable life dilemmas.

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What's the story?

In A LITTLE HELP WITH CAROL BURNETT, celebrity guests and other adults bring life's dilemmas to a panel of kids for advice. Hosted by Carol Burnett, the show puts kids in a mentoring role for grown-ups whose troubles include seeking revenge on a coworker's constant pranks, breaking an unpleasant truth to a good friend, and unwittingly embarrassing their kids. Even stars like Derek Hough, Brittany Snow, and Wanda Sykes need sage advice now and then, and these 5- to 9-year-olds have plenty to share about friendship, money, marriage, fashion, and just about anything else.

Is it any good?

Kids say the darnedest things, and when prompted, they can give some pretty insightful advice as well. Set them up with a "what would you do?" scenario, and they're off and running with nuggets of wisdom that are run the gamut from charming to naïve to surprisingly spot-on. With comedy legend Burnett moderating the conversation and interjecting with her own zingers now and then, this panel show is a lighthearted commentary on life's familiar woes.

Truly family-friendly entertainment can be difficult to find these days, but A Little Help with Carol Burnett fits the bill. With such young panelists, the content is free of controversy or innuendo of any kind. The adults' dilemmas are simplistic but generally relatable at any age, and similarly the kids' insight can be elevated or lowered in complexity to apply to specific life experiences. If nothing else, this series is a great tool for starting conversations with your kids about real-life issues of many different sorts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the advice the panelists give to the guests in A Little Help with Carol Burnett. Do you agree with it? If you were able to respond, what would you suggest to the person do in that situation?

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  • Kids: Who are your trusted sources for advice when you face a dilemma? Are those people also role models to you? Conversely, what can we learn from seeing someone do something the wrong way? Is that lesson as valuable as doing it correctly ourselves?

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  • What character strengths do you most admire in other people? Are they similar to what you consider to be your best qualities? How do you communicate advice or questions to other people? 

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