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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Netflix series Chelsea is a talk show hosted by comic Chelsea Handler featuring her edgy style of humor. There's lots of cursing, drinking, drug references (including skits with drug use), and strong sexual innuendo. There's occasional video footage of car crashes and other violent moments, but the show is primarily a standard talk show with celebrities being interviewed and promoting their projects.
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What's the Story?
CHELSEA is a talk show featuring comedian Chelsea Handler having conversations with a range of people across disciplines about things that she finds interesting and educational. From being quizzed by John King, the U.S. Secretary of Education, to talking to Pitbull about mentoring and about expensive lifestyle products with Gwyneth Paltrow, the series highlights issues that she believes are helpful to know about. In between conversations are prerecorded skits featuring Handler and others and the occasional musical performance. Her dogs hang out with them, too.
Is It Any Good?
Despite Handler's claims that it's a "different" kind of show, the overall series offers the standard talk show format and conversations that are marginally funny. While it hosts a variety of people who, albeit briefly, are able to share some information about, for example, teaching, public speaking, and other issues, it also features the traditional celebrity-themed conversations and promotional efforts.
The skits are well-executed and often use parody to make some good points. But Handler's edgy style and candor (especially when it comes to drug use) take away from some of the thoughtfulness behind the conversations. Her fans won't be surprised or turned off by it, but, like most of her shows, it won't appeal to everyone.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why things such as marijuana use, drinking, and other potentially risky behaviors are considered funny material for a comedian. Is it because the activities are risqué?
Families can talk about celebrity. Why is it part of celebrities jobs to talk about themselves? Why do you think people are interested?
- Premiere date: May 11, 2016
- Cast: Chelsea Handler
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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