The good stuff
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.
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.
What to watch out for
Some skits include mock violence, ranging from a faux suicide attempt to over-the-top gangland shootouts with machine guns. (Nothing bloody.)
A “self-pleasuring” bear similar to a character seen in Conan’s old show appears occasionally.
Some on-air swearing is bleeped, though some words aren’t, including “h--l,” “pe-is,” “a-s,” “b--bies” and “t-tties.” Conan and his guests make jokes about how far they can push the language envelope.
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.