Chelsea Does

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mature Handler docu more entertaining than informative.

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

Positive Messages

Illegal and legal drugs are explored; other topics discussed include marriage, technology, and racism, but little is learned.   

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chelsea listens but isn't open to changing her point of view. 


Violent events discussed; vomiting.  


Strong sexual innuendo, crude comments. Marriage, infidelity are discussed. 


"Ass," "hell," "bitch," "s--t," "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (wine, cocktails). Drugs a theme; marijuana, hallucinogens consumed on camera. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chelsea Does is a documentary series featuring comedian Chelsea Handler talking to people about some mature topics, including racism, drug use, and infidelity. Like most of Handler's work, it offers lots of edgy humor, strong sexual innuendo, stereotyping, and plenty of cursing. Drinking alcohol is commonplace, and people are shown smoking pot and taking other drugs. It's more entertaining than informative and meant for more mature viewers. 

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What's the story?

CHELSEA DOES is a documentary series produced by and starring comedian Chelsea Handler as she addresses her personal issues with specific topics. The series features four installments, each focused on an individual topic: marriage, digital technology, drugs, and racism. She travels to talk to family members, friends, experts, celebs, and random people about each subject. Throughout it all, she asks questions and offers her opinions about each subject, often with a touch of humor. 

Is it any good?

This documentary-style series offers humorous, mostly superficial discussions about subjects Chelsea Handler claims she has strong feelings about. From trying to understand why people get married to talking to (and smoking with) Willie Nelson to discuss the booming marijuana industry, Handler interviews people and challenges some of their ideas using her unique brand of sarcastic banter. She also uses the opportunity to document some personal experiments she conducts, ranging from meeting men with the help of a matchmaker to using psychedelic drugs with the help of a shaman in Peru. 

It offers some entertaining insight into Handler's own personal life, which is helped along by sessions with a therapist. There are some serious moments, too, especially when she's talking to people about racist, violent events. But it's not designed to offer a lot of in-depth information about any of the issues. Furthermore, while Handler asks people about their thoughts, she's very clear about where she stands on each subject and doesn't appear open to reevaluating her point of view. Handler fans will enjoy what she has to offer, while others may find the anecdotal discussions mildly interesting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about documentaries. Should they show risky behaviors such as drug use, even if it's within an informative context? 

  • Families can also talk about gathering information and changing minds. What would make you change your mind on an idea you believed in?

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 23, 2016
  • Cast: Chelsea Handler
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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