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Busy Tonight

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sitcom star struggles to find her footing as talk show host.

TV E! Variety Show 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+


Really, really lame. Annoying host.. (who is she anyway) the one I watched (10 minutes of my life wasted)she was yelling about something with a varying voice inflection and I don’t even recall what she was saying because her voice was so annoying. I suggest she keep her day job.. it’s not her forte.
age 18+

Absolute Trash

Accidentally came across this trash while channel surfing in the middle of the night. NEVER let your child of less than 18+ watch this. Baking penis shaped cakes. Talking about getting facials, etc. Lowest common denominator. Worst trash anyone could ever watch. How original reviewer came up with ages 15+ leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. Ugly trashy woman who's mouth is even uglier than anything else. 0 value of any kind

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This show came about in large part due to the popularity of Philipps' Instagram account and its off-the-cuff, ad-libbed charm -- none of which, sadly, translates to this stilted, unfocused talk show. The word "awkward" springs to mind while watching Philipps go through the motions of hosting, from the scattered monologues to the forced banter with her staff writers, which doesn't really add up to much. Philipps herself has a likable, naturally funny persona when left to her own devices -- the spontaneity of her online presence was a big part of the charm, and here she comes across best in the bits that seem looser and more unscripted. There's an extended discussion with guest Kristen Bell about favorite feminine hygiene products that touches on issues of sexism inherent in poverty, self-love and bodily autonomy that's revealing and just great.

That said, a good talk show requires that the host be able to deftly sit back and make their guests the most interesting people in the room, something that can be difficult if your interview style is too casual. Being the enthusiastic "best friend" type is all well and good, but we sometimes end up learning a lot more about Busy and her love of sheet masks and SoulCycle than we do anything else. The lullaby that marks the end of each episode is a strange addition that comes off more contrived than cute. A late night show trying to do something fresh and unexpected is a good thing, but Busy Tonight thus far is a reminder of how hard it can be to trap lightning in a bottle.

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