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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hart and his guests talk about sometimes complicated life experiences in a thoughtful and positive way. If nothing else, it's positive for young viewers to see adults practice self-awareness and willingness to talk about their struggles.
Positive Role Models
The idea that celebrities should serve as role models is debatable in itself. However, just as people, Hart and his guests present their experiences in an open and honest way, often emphasizing the importance of mental health and family time.
Hart's famous guests in the first 11 episodes include Black and White men and women (e.g., Miley Cyrus, Don Cheadle, Cameron Diaz, Ice Cube) who have had diverse life experiences.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some guests talk about their romantic partners. This is usually brief and always positive and respectful.
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Each guest sets the tone for their episode. Some use words like "f--k" and "s--t" many times, while some episodes contain no swearing whatsoever.
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Products & Purchases
The very idea of celebrity talk shows is tied to a consumerist culture. Why do we care about who these people are and what they have to say? It's a complicated question that families are sure to have different opinions on.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hart to Heart is set in a "wine cellar," with guests usually drinking onscreen. It's an appropriate and responsible use of alcohol and isn't likely to be harmful to young viewers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hart to Heart is a more casual take on talk show conventions. Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, each episode serves as a long-form interview with a single celebrity guest, and Hart takes a back seat to allow each guest to set the tone and drive the conversation. The set is made to look like a pristine talk show studio set up in a massive wine cellar, and aside from Hart and his guest, the only other person to appear onscreen is the "somm" (Hart's shortened word for "sommelier"). The somm's job is to open each episode by pouring Hart and his guest a glass of wine and is typically not seen again. Aside from this reasonable alcohol consumption, there is occasional use of adult language, with some episodes containing words like "s--t" and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
A viewer's relationship with Hart to Heart is likely going to be linked to their experience with celebrity culture as a whole. Choosing to be rid of a traditional interview format has pros, most prominently that it's not a carbon copy of every other late-night talk show on TV. That said, it also lacks the more prepared bits that some viewers really enjoy, such as recapping the news on The Daily Show, or the meta, over-the-top silliness and self-deprecation that made Conan O'Brien's shows a beloved favorite for so many years. Stripping that shiny layer away from the talk show format leaves two people talking honestly about their lives and experiences, and that's, well, just fine. It may be more or less interesting to a viewer who is more or less interested in the work these actors and musicians have done, and it's that simple.
There is some beauty in that simplicity though. Some audiences watch television to experience the effects of grand dramatic storytelling and million-dollar costume budgets. But sometimes, it's nice to have pleasant and mildly engaging background noise while you complete household chores. Let's think of it this way - Hart to Heart is probably a very low-budget endeavor for its network, meaning it's a low-effort investment for them. In turn, it also asks for a low-effort commitment from its audience. Everybody wins, even if it's not the greatest show anyone has ever seen.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.