By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Chelsea Handler's office mockumentary is funny but crass.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show highlights the comedic talent of the folks who make Chelsea Lately happen, but the humor pushes the boundaries of appropriateness.
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The cast sometimes engages in some narcissistic, catty, and underhanded behavior in order to get what they want (all played for laughs).
Violence & Scariness
Humorous arguments frequently erupt among the staff over various things. One character yells and screams at a child.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The staff discusses having sex, ovulating, and other related issues, sometimes in a crude fashion.
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Handler frequently refers to staff members as idiots and morons. Frequent curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the Chelsea Lately show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking are frequent; publicity images of Handler drinking are visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Chelsea Lately spinoff -- a scripted behind-the-scenes mockumentary -- finds humor in sexual innuendo, lots of strong language (words like "f--k" are bleeped), and references to drinking, and other adults-only behaviors.
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What's the Story?
AFTER LATELY is a comedy series based on the supposed crazy behind-the-scenes antics of the Chelsea Lately staff. The scripted series stars Chelsea Handler and her staffers, including comedy writers Brad Wollack, Chris Franjola, Heather McDonalds, and Sarah Colonna. Art director Jeff Wild and producers Steve Marmalstein and Johnny Milord add to the fray. Colorful assistant Chuy Bravo also pops in and out, creating some interesting moments, too. From competing for the chance to go on vacation with Handler to deciding what staff person will replace her if she happens to die, the gang works on making the show happen while somehow coping with each other.
Is It Any Good?
The show, which follows the comedic mockumentary style of the classic series, The Larry Sanders Show, highlights the performance talent of some of the seasoned comedians and comedy writers who contribute to the success of Chelsea Lately. Not surprisingly, the show features much of the deadpan humor, strong language, and references to iffy behavior that the late night talk show is known for.
The overall series is both well written and well performed, and teens will most likely be drawn to it as much as they are its parent show. But if you are not a Chelsea Handler fan, chances are that you won't find much here.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about comedy. Why do some comedy shows rely on profanity, sex, and other boundary-pushing behaviors to be funny?
What is the difference between a scripted and non-scripted series? What do you think the real behind-the-scenes action on Handler's show is like?
- Premiere date: March 6, 2011
- Cast: Brian Wollack, Chelsea Handler, Chuy Bravo
- Network: E!
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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