Carpool Karaoke: The Series

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular late-night segment gets its own fun show.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Different people can come together and sing, talk, have a good time. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Guests range from singers and actors to reality celebs and athletes. 


Songs may have a few violent lyrics, but they are not highlighted. 


Some songs have suggestive lyrics. 


"Damn," "hell"; "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped. 


Guests sometimes promote their products, etc. Apple Music also referred to. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At least one segment features people drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Carpool Karaoke: The Series is a version of a popular late-night show segment where people (you guessed it) sing together in a car. It features lots of popular music, celebrities, and banter that may contain some off-color humor and bleeped cursing. Some song lyrics are suggestive or have references to violence, but these aren't highlighted. Drinking is occasionally visible, too. Celebs sometimes use the opportunity to briefly plug a product, film, or album. All this being said, most episodes are mild enough for older tweens to handle. 

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What's the story?

CARPOOL KARAOKE: THE SERIES is an extension of a popular segment featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Each 20-minute segment features pairs of celebrities singing to radio tunes while driving around the Los Angeles area. They sometimes take the time to stop at restaurants, weddings, and laundromats to surprise people, and appearances by local choirs, marching bands, and other talent add to the musical melee.

Is it any good?

This fun series offers all the entertainment the late-night segment is famous for in a slightly longer format. From Will Smith and Alicia Keyes to a few Game of Thrones cast members, each installment features lighthearted and funny chats in between sing-a-longs. It also features a few simple special effects and other elements that the late-night segments can't accommodate. 

Despite the absence of James Corden from most installments, and the lack of audience laughter and applause, the show still honors the segment concept's simple approach and silly banter. Whether you're familiar with the original late-night segments or not, it's hard not to watch this without smiling. There's also a good chance Carpool Karaoke may inspire you to belt out a tune, and quite possibly make you burst out laughing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways music brings people together like it does in Carpool Karaoke: The Series. What is it about singing a song together that's enjoyable? What inspires people to do it in cars, in showers, and in public places? 

  • What songs would you sing if you could do karaoke? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 8, 2017
  • Cast: James Corden
  • Network: Online
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 26, 2020

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