After Lately



Chelsea Handler's office mockumentary is funny but crass.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show highlights the comedic talent of the folks who make Chelsea Lately happen, but the humor pushes the boundaries of appropriateness.

Positive role models

The cast sometimes engages in some narcissistic, catty, and underhanded behavior in order to get what they want (all played for laughs).


Humorous arguments frequently erupt among the staff over various things. One character yells and screams at a child.


The staff discusses having sex, ovulating, and other related issues, sometimes in a crude fashion.


Handler frequently refers to staff members as idiots and morons. Frequent curses like “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped.


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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Brian Wollack, Chelsea Handler, Chuy Bravo
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byRobbyWBoy16 January 3, 2012

after lately

chealsea handler is crass but real of funny moments.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byhuskaroo October 15, 2011

Not your average office comedy.

it' s all good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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