I Love You, America

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Talk show offers hilarious, profane food for thought.

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Positive Messages

Jokes point out racism, sexism, and other -isms, and the overarching point is to humorously skewer America's flaws, which may be a positive or negative message depending on your point of view. Viewers are encouraged to think critically about issues, and challenge their own biases; Silverman's entertaining delivery makes the messages easier to swallow, too. She doesn't rant and lecture; she slyly mocks and points things out. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Silverman emerges as a caring individual who is sincerely seeking clarity and new thinking on tricky issues, although this often takes the form of mockery and jokes. She's hilarious, too, which makes her more relatable and makes viewers want to listen to what she says. 

Violence

Depending on the topic being addressed in each show, there may be references to violence, such as the racially motivated violent incident in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Sex

Can be strong, depending on each episode's topic, but is nuanced: In the show's first episode Silverman makes a point of introducing naked people to "test the limits" of streaming shows. A man and a woman are shown entirely naked, with the camera zooming in on their genital areas as Silverman matter-of-factly states we're looking at a penis, pubic hair, a vagina, a "bush," labia majora, etc. She then points out that nudity is almost always sexualized when we see it in movies and on TV and it's jarring to see nonsexualized nudity. In a further discussion of what we censor and what we don't, Silverman points out "fingers go into butts," so why aren't hands censored? 

Language

Frequent cursing includes "f--k," "f---ing," "holy s--t," "fart," "f-gs," and (used in a discussion about an intolerant church and its protests) "Jesus Christ!" 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man is briefly shown vaping and blowing out a cloud of vapor; expect brief visual and verbal references to drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Love You, America is a talk/sketch show that humorously skewers American values, politics, pop culture, and other aspects of modern life, hosted by comic Sarah Silverman. Sensitive topics are what this show is all about, so expect to hear challenging thoughts on religion, sexuality, gun control, and more. Silverman is a sincere, relatable, and empathic host who softens difficult concepts with humor, even while she makes jokes that may be offensive to many. Viewers, particularly conservative viewers but also liberal ones, will find their biases challenged, and the show may provoke zesty debate. Expect references to sex, violence, drinking, drugs, and smoking, and lots of language: "f--k," "f---ing," "holy s--t," "fart," "f-gs," and (used in a discussion about an intolerant church and its protests) "Jesus Christ!" Silverman also enjoys pushing boundaries: In the show's first episode, a naked man and woman are shown, with the camera zooming in on their genitals as Silverman matter-of-factly says that we're seeing a penis, a vagina, etc., in a nonsexualized context, which can be jarring but also makes viewers consider why nonsexual nudity is almost unknown in American media.

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Adult Written byGe F. October 29, 2017
Parent Written byMarisa F. November 1, 2017

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I would not suggest families watch this with your children. If your child decides to research about her you'll find her really disgusting points of view on... Continue reading

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What's the story?

I LOVE YOU, AMERICA's host Sarah Silverman is genuinely pained when she sees the problems of modern America, as much as she loves it -- so, in this interesting talk show/sketch show hybrid, she takes issues to task in her own often profane, always hilarious manner. She talks to people she agrees with, she talks to people she disagrees with, she sings songs, she performs sketches, all in the service of earnestly investigating why we do the things we do and showing how people are complicated, but if we want to understand and love each other, we can. 

Is it any good?

This curious melding of sketch comedy, earnest talk-show interviews, and Daily Show-style topical pieces would be a great big mess -- if it weren't so funny. National treasure Silverman has managed quite a trick here: She takes the topics she's addressing and the people she features on I Love You, America seriously, but she isn't afraid to laugh at anything, including herself. And she's funny. Really funny. Heading into dinner with a "Trump-voting Christian family" in Louisiana as the "first Jew" she imagines has been invited to the house, she practices her greeting: "Shalom! No, wait: Hello!"

She brings the family's 7-year-old son the gift "kids of all ages can appreciate," a remote-controlled fart machine. And she sits and has respectful, insightful, friendly, funny (!!) conversation with the family about guns and gay marriage and Obama, a pleasant evening that ends in sincere hugging. "Did we change each other's minds? Um, f--k no. But we did learn we didn't have to be divided to disagree. We can have fun! We can even love each other," says Silverman. What a hopeful idea, wrapped in an entertaining shell of a show, hosted by a woman so charming and quick that she can make you think and laugh instead of roll your eyes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shows that take a critical look at American politics and pop culture. What others can you name? How is I Love You, America like or unlike these shows? Is it different in tone? Content? Slant? 

  • Is Sarah Silverman's humor ever offensive? Does she make jokes that upset or disturb you? Are they funny anyway? Is there any point to uncomfortable jokes? Does she use humor to make points? Do jokes have to be offensive to be funny? 

  • How does Silverman show curiosity and communication in talking to guests on her show? Why are these important character strengths?

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