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Desus & Mero

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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New voices in late night TV are fresh, smart, topical.

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

The hosts welcome a broad spectrum of voices onto their show.

Violence

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.  

Sex

Some sexual humor, but few, if any, on-screen representations of sex.

Language

By their own count, Desus and Mero say "motherf--ker" once every five minutes. Also: "f--k," "s--t," the n-word, etc. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Tons of jokes about drinking, drugs, and smoking, but few onscreen depictions of it.

What 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.

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What's the story?

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, both from The Bronx, host a show aptly named DESUS & MERO that features guests from politics, sports, and pop culture. A typical show begins with them reacting to current headlines and viral videos before sitting down with their guests.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about current headlines. What are the topics that Desus and Mero bring up at the beginning of the show? What are their opinions? Do they differ from yours? 

  • What makes a talk show successful? Is it the hosts? The guests? The format?

TV details

For kids who love talk shows

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