Between Two Ferns

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Funny mock interview sketches are full of adult content.

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Positive Messages

The host and his guests are regularly teased and insulted for a laugh. Occasional interview questions contain intentionally bigoted references (meant to be ironic) to sensitive topics.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Galifianakis often appears disinterested and is often offensive, but it's all part of the show's comedic style. Guests are mostly fellow actors.


Occasional interviews result in slapping and/or fist fights between the guest and the host, but no one is really hurt. The death of pets and other sad events are briefly discussed.


Some strong sexual innuendo, plus references to groping women and lewd sexual acts between people and animals. Guests occasionally flirt with the host.


Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used. These curses are audible online but bleeped for television. Slurs like "faggot" are occasionally audible.


References to brands like Mazda Miatas and shows like Saturday Night Live. Magazines like Details, Speed Stick deodorant by Mennen, and X-Box video games like Need for Speed are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional references to drinking. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Between Two Ferns -- an interview comedy series that's transitioning from the Internet to television -- has some strong sexual innuendo, plus references to lewd sexual acts with people and animals. It also contains salty vocab ("s--t," "f--k") which is audible online (the strongest words are bleeped on TV) and occasional fake physical fights between the host and his guests. Guests are regularly insulted during interviews, but they're in on the joke.

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Adult Written byPres September 23, 2019

Extremely Raunchy - Not Funny and NOT for kids

So stupid! This movie is not for young teens - at least 18 years of age. Its a far stretch to call this raunchiness even a little funny.
Parent of a 5 and 7-year-old Written bymich3g January 31, 2015

Too crass for kids!

Most of this show is centered around sexual jokes and sexually explicit content. I would not recommend this for anyone under 17.

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What's the story?

BETWEEN TWO FERNS is a popular mock talk show in which comedian/host Zach Galifianakis interviews celebs in his own unique manner. In the short interviews (which are featured on the Funny or Die website and air on Comedy Central), Galifianakis poses questions to celebs like Michael Cera, John Hamm, and Natalie Portman while simultaneously teasing and insulting them in various ways. Sometimes the interviews yield mildly interesting details about the guests, but most of them result in arguments and other dramatic exchanges. Occasionally, guests get the upper hand and manage to get squeeze in a few insults in at Galifianakis' expense.

Is it any good?

Between Two Ferns mixes elements of a talk show with sketch comedy, offering the host and his guests a chance to flex their comedic muscles in their own unique way. Galifianakis sometimes also uses the show as a platform for performing other funny roles, including his "twin" brother Seth.

Thanks to the wide range of talented actors, comedians, and other entertainers who appear on the show, there are lots of funny moments. But Between Two Ferns is also full of mature content, including some crude sexual humor and salty vocab, making it best left to older teens and adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about about comedy. What makes something funny? Why do a lot of comedy shows incorporate profanity? Should racial epithets and/or other slurs ever be used as a way of making people laugh?

  • Why do you think popular actors agree to appear on Between Two Ferns, even though they'll be the butt of the host's jokes?

  • What are some of the differences between shows created for online viewing and shows created for TV? Why is the content of online shows sometimes more risqué or raunchier than what you can see on TV?

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