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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 Chrissy's Court is a courtroom TV show with celebrity Chrissy Teigen acting as judge. Like many courtroom "reality shows," the issues of participants are often treated rather mockingly (if not actually unkindly and disrespectfully), and the live audience frequently laughs as they learn the facts of the cases. Some contain violent elements (like a man who felt menaced by a younger man and accidentally destroyed property) and references to drinking and bad decisions made while drinking. There are also some sexual elements (like a man who says in a vulgar way that he's grateful for his girlfriend's sexual favors but still believes she owes him money). Language is also present, and includes "s--t," "ass," "crap" -- the word "f--k" is bleeped. Teigen makes a charming, if somewhat ridiculous, judge, and other members of the Teigen/Legend family make an appearance, sending a strong message of family love. The court does make a joke of the participants' cases though, which sends a slightly iffy message about justice and the legal system.
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What's the Story?
As the opening narration to CHRISSY'S COURT tells us, the people are real and the judgment is legally binding -- even though the judge doesn't know anything (a notion illustrated by star Chrissy Teigen flinging a set of legal books over one shoulder). She may wear a robe and sit on a bench, but Teigen's take on the law is located somewhere between seriousness and absurdity.
Is It Any Good?
Built along classic "TV court" lines but gifted with the considerable charms of Teigen, this predictable legal-ish series is easy to watch. Teigen clearly has empathy for the wronged men and women who come to her seeking cash to replace broken speakers or the pink slip to the car shared between a former couple, even if she mocks them gently. When an older man relates how he got intimidated by a young guy at a restaurant who asked him if he could sing some rap music instead of vocal standards, Teigen enlists husband John Legend (who stops by occasionally to opine) to do an on-the-spot reenactment. "John will ask for rap music, and also scare the s--t out of you, apparently," she tells the plaintiff. And when she decides that the plaintiff has $999 coming to him to replace his damaged speaker, she tells the court, "I'll cover it." Now that's a justice Judge Judy never doled out.
Other members of Teigen's family make appearances in Chrissy's Court: Teigen's mom Vilailuck Teigen serves as the court's bailiff (and jokes with her daughter), and 6-year-old daughter Luna pops up at the end of one episode to assure her mom she's doing a good job. It's cute -- and so is this show, though it's hardly breaking new ground. It's just fun to hang around with the Teigen/Legend family for a while, clearly what this small snack of a series is banking on.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether being on a show like Chrissy's Court would be a good way to prove someone's guilt or innocence. How might having a live audience who audibly laughs affect how people view the facts of the case?
Why might someone want to appear on a show like this? Would the face-to-face portion of the closing arguments be a good way to get things off your chest and find some resolution?
How would this show change if a non-celebrity judge sat on the bench? Is Chrissy Teigen meant to be a legal expert? What's the humorous aspect of putting a non-expert in an expert role?
- Premiere date: April 6, 2020
- Cast: Chrissy Teigen
- Network: Quibi
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 27, 2022
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