A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Desus & Mero is mostly unscripted stand-up comedy, so the positive messages can sometimes be buried in the trash talk. The hosts do have a unique gift for keeping things light -- even uplifting -- while talking smack.
Positive Role Models
The hosts welcome a broad spectrum of voices onto their show.
Violence & Scariness
If violence appears it's usually in the form of news headlines and viral video clips. They do talk about whether or not they could take "black belt" Vladimir Putin in a fistfight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual humor, but few, if any, on-screen representations of sex.
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By their own count, Desus and Mero say "motherf--ker" once every five minutes. Also: "f--k," "s--t," the n-word, etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tons of jokes about drinking, drugs, and smoking, but few onscreen depictions of it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Desus & Mero is a late night variety show that includes unscripted stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and interviews with guests from politics, sports, and pop culture. Profanity is abundant, including "s--t" and "f--k," but sexual content and violent content, generally limited to headlines and viral videos, is typically played for laughs. While the hosts keep a laid back vibe on set, they do also get topical: for example, inaugural guest Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez talks about 70 percent marginal tax rates and her Green New Deal proposal.
Is It Any Good?
Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are unique, important voices in late night television. They manage to be hilarious while also going mostly unscripted, reading headlines and then just riffing on them, creating a loose, laid-back vibe that carries over to their interviews. Desus & Mero is not built to have segments go viral, the way that, say, Jimmy Fallon or James Corden's are, and that makes for a refreshingly gimmick-free half-hour that can be messy, but also direct, topical and insightful.
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