By Jenny Nixon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Faith-based, family-friendly chat show promotes positivity.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's focus on talking with people who are trying to do good is refreshing, and the way Faraci shares his enthusiasm drives home the importance of staying positive in a complicated world.
Positive Role Models
The interviewees are often committed to living lives of service through their art, community service, or other pursuits.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Frankly Faraci isn't your stereotypical talk-show fare -- it's a family-friendly interview show that focuses on positivity. Audiences shouldn't look to this show for risqué humor or hard-hitting political critiques. The guests on this show may come from a variety of backgrounds -- you'll see interviews with musicians, politicians, and athletes -- but the common denominator among them is a dedication to old-fashioned family values and positive thinking.
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What's the Story?
FRANKLY FARACI is the first-ever original show to air on Dove Channel, a subscription video service with the self-described mission of providing families with entertainment that will "reinforce your values and lift your spirits". As such, the talk show's affable host, Matthew Faraci, sits down with a variety of Christian artists and public figures, discussing how their faith impacts their careers and personal lives, and what they're doing to help inspire to the world at large to to do good.
Is It Any Good?
The feel-good conversations are pleasant enough fare, but there's a one-note quality to the interviewing that can make watching a bit bland. The show's pilot episode features an interview with The Piano Guys, cello and piano-playing YouTube stars turned classical music chart-toppers. The rapport between host and guests is warm and friendly, and the questioning focuses less on their actual music and more on how the twin pillars of faith and family help keep them going. Viewers whose religious beliefs mesh with those of Frankly Faraci's creators will probably find the most value in the show, while others may wish the episodes focused more on the intimate details of the art and careers of the interview subjects and less on the generalized inspirational messages they hope to spread. The content is certainly appropriate for all ages, though younger viewers may find all that talking a bit dry.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about empathy in Frankly Faraci. How does hearing the stories and perspectives of other people help develop this important character strength?
Families can talk about how a person's religious beliefs may influence the art they create. How can people use their fame and influence to create positive contributions to their communities and the world at large? Do religious celebrities have a responsibility to make their beliefs known to the public?
- Premiere date: March 21, 2017
- Cast: Matthew Faraci
- Network: Dove Channel
- Genre: Reality TV
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Empathy
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 26, 2023
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