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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Better Late Than Never is a reality series that features four senior celebs -- Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, and William Shatner -- as they embark on a trip throughout Asia. There are lots of fun moments, which sometimes come in the form of innuendo, crude references, and blurred nudity. There's no violence, but there are a few minor arguments, and some of the activities (such as robot wrestling) can get rough. Curses are bleeped (with mouths blurred), and promotional sponsors such as Delta Airlines and Apple are visible. There also are some references to services such as Priceline and other companies for whom individual cast members work.
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What's the story?
Based on the South Korean series Grandpa over Flowers, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER is a reality series starring four senior celebs as they embark on a trip throughout Asia. It stars actor, writer, and director Henry Winkler, NFL announcer Terry Bradshaw, boxing Hall of Famer George Foreman, and actor, director, and writer William Shatner. Comedian Jeff Dye, the youngest of the group, joins them as their sidekick and logistics coordinator. Together they set out on an adventure that includes four countries and six cities without the help of assistants, limousines, and other perks they're used to. From Kyoto, Japan, to Phuket, Thailand, they immerse themselves in the local culture, while navigating all the unexpected issues that present themselves along the way. Throughout their journey, tidbits of information about the travelers and the culture are offered. While they individually look to reach their own personal goals throughout the trip, they also find fun and friendship with each other.
Is it any good?
Better Late Than Never offers a laugh-out-loud viewing experience that celebrates camaraderie among older men as much as it does international travel. From figuring out local transportation systems to finding the strength to climb endless flights of stairs, the men show off their personalities, sense of humor, and occasional differences as they experience the highs and lows of traveling with friends.
There's lots of bonding, as well as some occasional plugging of sponsors and companies some of the men work for. But regardless of the many comments about aches, pains, and being older, it underscores that it is still possible to explore, learn, and cross things off your bucket list regardless of your age. Some will find this message inspiring, while others will just find it good plain fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about travel-themed shows. Do shows like these inspire people to go on international adventures? Do you think the things that happen on them are spontaneous and authentic, or are they pre-planned to make the journey seem more exciting?
Are there places you and your family would like to travel to? How does the media portray these places? What kinds of things would you be willing (or not willing) to try once you get there? Are there ways to have a travel adventure without traveling internationally?