Conan

TV review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Quirky late-night show aimed at adults and older teens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

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

Positive Messages

If there’s one message to take from Conan, it’s to be yourself. The late-night host spent years in the shadows of other veteran talk-show hosts, first by following David Letterman’s show, then by being named heir to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, only to have that plum job taken away. But by staying true to both his ideals and his quirky sense of humor, he landed a job at TBS where he clearly has the freedom to pursue jokes any way he wants.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Conan is a good role model for anyone who’s ever had a career setback. Despite losing his dream job in a very public manner, he’s bounced back and landed a job where his new employers are happy to have him, and happy to give him free rein. It may not be The Tonight Show, but it’s clear he values this artistic freedom.

Violence

Some skits include mock violence, ranging from a faux suicide attempt to over-the-top gangland shootouts with machine guns. (Nothing bloody.)

Sex

A “self-pleasuring” bear similar to a character seen in Conan’s old show appears occasionally.

Language

Some on-air swearing is bleeped, though some words aren’t, including “hell,” “penis,” “ass,” “boobies” and “t-tties.” Conan and his guests make jokes about how far they can push the language envelope.

Consumerism

Conan often refers to other TV networks and specific shows. His guests are all well-known celebrities who often have a project to promote.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drugs and alcohol, including guests who make extended jokes about marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this version of Conan O’Brien’s late-night show is bit looser than when he was on The Tonight Show, and bit more adult. Conan appears liberated to structure the show however he wants, to make jokes about anything he wants, and that freedom has loosened him up and bettered his performance. Some of his guests also take that freedom to mean they can swear (most of it gets bleeped) and to make jokes about sex and drugs that are best suited for adults.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPittsburghmichaels January 31, 2018

Conan comes to TBS in a funny show

Conan is a funny show with Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter being the hosts. This show is more edgier than The Tonight Show, The Late Show and Jimmy Kimmel... Continue reading
Adult Written byHistoryGoddess March 22, 2011
I saw Conan in person, as he talked about his life and where he is now, I have also watched his show- he"s just not funny.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 27, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byYesNoYesNo October 31, 2019

Conan

I wouldn’t say he’s the best for kids, nor the worst as there, I’d say that the show and the language is PG13, cause h*ll, a**, and other words that only PG13 s... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ten months after being ousted from his dream job as host of The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien returned to the air with another late-night forum, titled simply, and significantly, CONAN. The format is nearly identical: opening monologue, a bevy of celebrity guests, and his longtime sidekick Andy Richter in attendance. But the results are different, and an improvement.

Is it any good?

Late-night talk shows have different personalities that reflect their hosts. David Letterman is arch, sardonic, and brilliant. Jay Leno is likeable, uncomplicated, a pleaser. And Conan? He’s always been funny, but during his brief tenure at The Tonight Show, he also seemed antsy and constrained, perhaps by its formidable history.

All that’s out the window in his new show at TBS, where he is finally free to be exactly who he wants to be. (Cue the classic tune from childhood.) Here, Conan has verve -- and nerve. His brand of humor was never as mainstream crowd-pleasing as Leno’s, and now he doesn’t have to try to be something he’s not. A bit about a clown talking above the heads of little kids? Check. A Ricky Gervais put-down? Check. Free-wheeling interviews with famous types? That’s all here, all done in quintessential, quirky Conan style.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Conan’s type of humor. How does his humor on this show differ from that of The Tonight Show? Is one format better than the other?

  • Talk about the swearing -- is it necessary to swear to be funny? What is the function of swear words?

  • Why do celebrities come onto Conan's show? Do you consider any of these celebs role models? What about Conan himself? Why or why not?

TV details

For kids who love offbeat humor

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