Dogg After Dark
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Somewhat racy variety show mixes Hollywood with Holly "hood.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Brief discussions of African-American history. Some skits use racial stereotyping to highlight social issues.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some skits show women wearing skimpy bathing suits. References are made to dancing on a stripper pole and "booty shaking."
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Lots of strong language. Words like "ass" and "damn" are frequently audible; stronger curse words ("s--t," "f--k") are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The show is filmed inside L.A.'s Kress Club. Most of the guests, including Paris Hilton and Spencer and Heidi from The Hills, are promoting their latest music, movies, and TV shows. Occasionally veteran actors like Fred Williamson make quick guest appearances. Some comedy skits make references to popular brands like Tang and Kool-Aid.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of alcohol (beer, wine, mixed drinks) is served and consumed. Cigar smoking is also visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this late-night variety show from rapper Snoop Dogg includes lots of strong language (words like "ass" and "damn" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped), as well as drinking and smoking. Some of the sketches reinforce race-related stereotypes, and it's clear that the various celebrities who stop by are interested in promoting their latest album, TV show, and/or movie. Older Snoop fans might enjoy it, but it's an iffy choice for younger teens.
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What's the Story?
Filmed at the Hollywood Kress Club, this variety show hosted by hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg features candid interviews with celebrity guests like Paris Hilton; musical performances by artists like Kid Cudi, in-house band The Snoopadelics, and Snoop himself; and sketches in which the singer shows off some of his comedic talents.
Is It Any Good?
By bringing together the suave, sophisticated atmosphere of a glamorous nightclub with the edginess of the hip-hop culture, DOGG AFTER DARK attempts to put a modern-day spin on a TV genre first made popular in the 1960s by celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Hugh Hefner. But Snoop's attempts at being debonair are undermined by the show's use of strong language and sexual innuendo. And he actually rejects some of the old-school Hollywood glamour by serving family made home-style food rather than champagne and caviar.
Dogg After Dark isn't particularly exciting, but it does offer the chance to see Snoop in a different light. Fans may also enjoy watching him perform in the comedy sketches, many of which are intended to poke fun at other celebrities or highlight some of today's existing racial stereotypes. But some of the content is too strong for tweens, and it's an iffy choice for young teens.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about using stereotypes as a way of pointing out social problems. Is relying on racial and social generalizations a good way to highlight some of these issues? Why or why not? Families can also discuss the history of nightclub-set TV shows. When did this genre of television begin? Why don't we see a lot of them today?
- Premiere date: February 17, 2009
- Cast: Snoop Dogg
- Network: MTV
- Genre: Variety Show
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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