Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun travel show has family, cursing, drinking, and heart.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Highlights a positive father-and-son relationship. The importance of learning about different countries and experiencing different things is also addressed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jack and Michael Whitehall are very different but are still close. 

Violence

Some mild arguing. Torture and killings in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge are discussed; skeletons shown. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, including references to prostitution, but primarily played for laughs. No nudity, but scratching of genitals (over underwear) is visible. 

Language

Lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k," etc.).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, mixed drinks, other alcoholic beverages consumed; some drunken partying shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father is a lighthearted and fun British reality series, but it contains some crude humor that is best left for older audiences. There's lots of cursing, as well as strong sexual innuendo, most of which is played for laughs. Some quiet arguments are had, too. Violent histories of some of the locations visited are discussed. All this being said, it also highlights a positive relationship between an adult father and son. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJane C. October 27, 2017

Old Dad eyes open at last

It’s a real travel show “ a hoot” sad and funny boarding great British humor
Grandparent Written bySusan V. March 29, 2018
The awkward, uncomfortable father Michael turns from a stodgy old man into a relaxed fun travel companion to his son. Wish there was a second season! Funny... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySlothWhale0104 August 23, 2018

Interesting and Witty Show

“Travels With My Father” is an interesting show, where Jack and his rather old fashioned father travel across SouthEastern Asia. Whilst the two have their diffe... Continue reading

What's the story?

JACK WHITEHALL: TRAVELS WITH MY FATHER is a reality series starring British actor and comedian Jack Whitehall as he takes a five-week tour around Southeast Asia with his father. Jack never took a gap year when he was younger, so now that he has some time off from his busy schedule, he's decided to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and take his stodgy dad, Michael, with him. But traveling together isn't easy, as each of the men have different ideas about what to do and how to enjoy the trip. From staying in a primitive hut with no plumbing on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand, to visiting the historic temples and caves in the killing fields of Cambodia, the two men try to find some common ground. However, they both know that this time together is an experience of a lifetime. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining show features lots of dry, mature humor as the oddball father-and-son team bond during their fun, awkward, and at times poignant journey. Jack Whitehall showcases a lot of his offbeat, and sometimes crude, comedy style, while his father (who also works in the entertainment industry) plays the straight man. But there are some serious moments, too, especially when visiting places of tragic historical significance. 

The majority of the scenes appear to be partially orchestrated for the benefit of the audience. Meanwhile, stateside audiences may be a little surprised at the lack of emotion they express for each other. But it is clear that they are enjoying the experience. Overall, Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father is worth a watch if you're looking for something lighthearted and with a little heart. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different places that Jack and Michael visit in Travels with My Father. What makes the locations unique? Was there anything they saw that surprised you?

  • If you had an opportunity to take your dad (or mom) to a foreign country, where would you take him or her? 

  • Do you think everything that happens in Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father is preplanned? Are there moments that you think were unexpected, even for those working on the series? 

TV details

For kids who love travel TV

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