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What parents need to know
Parents need to know the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a show that features comic Jerry Seinfeld interviewing a different funny celebrity in a different classic car on each episode. Though it's pretty clean, there's no sex -- unless you count some raunchy jokes -- drugs, drinking, violence, or nudity. The show, which basically features funny adults chatting, probably won't appeal to kids unless they're comedy lovers. Cursing includes "hell," "ass," and "damn"; "s--t," "f--k," and other four-letter words are bleeped. Expect jokes about and references to sex and other ticklish topics -- religion, race, class. Each episode begins with Seinfeld extolling the virtues of that week's classic car; logos and images of the car are shown on-screen. Viewers also see restaurant logos, menus, interiors, and exteriors; product placement is blatant and often ironic yet appears in each episode.
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What's the story?
On the aptly named COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE, host Jerry Seinfeld tools around in a different classic car each week, picking up a comedian friend, taking him or her out to coffee, and having a chat about whatever comes up. Guests range from the super famous (Louis CK, Tina Fey) to cult faves (Joel Hodgson, Miranda Sings) to personalities best known in the stand-up world (Todd Barry, Brian Regan). Sometimes the duo gets lunch, sometimes only coffee. But they always have a few laughs and enjoy taking a ride in an unusual vehicle.
Is it any good?
Loose-limbed and charming, this informal talk show is too, well, talky to appeal to younger viewers but a great treat for fans of funny folks. Most of the passengers are known for making you laugh, not for revealing their inner lives, and it's delightful to listen to Tina Fey explaining the gross-chore breakdown at her house (her husband handles kid vomit, she's on poop duty) or Louis CK discussing his stealth maneuver for going to 3-D movies after smoking pot. Mature teens should be able to handle the sometimes grown-up content, and it could be a fun family watch. It's well-known that Seinfeld is a super-rich guy who can do pretty much what he wants to do; it's interesting that it entails driving slowly around town having conversations with comedians -- interesting for him, interesting for us.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why comedians are the subject of this show. Why comics and not political figures? Actors? Painters?
Jerry Seinfeld is known for having a collection of classic cars. Why do you suppose he uses them in this show?
Why is this show streaming online instead of on a network?
For kids who love funny stuff
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