Jimmy Kimmel Live

Common Sense Media says

Deadpan comedian offers controversial late-night fun.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like many of its late-night compatriots, the show doesn't hold back on the snarkiness and mines plenty of its humor from stars' embarrassing moments and other missteps. Throughout the series' tenure, Kimmel has made some iffy remarks (like recommending that people incite riots after a basketball game) that have had negative consequences for the show. But he has also shared touching moments, including his feelings about the death of one of the show's security guards.

Positive role models

Kimmel doesn’t shy away from being controversial -- or mocking those in the public eye. Sometimes discussions revolve around current issues, while others seem intended to push the envelope.


Generally nothing more than a few comedic scuffles/pratfalls. During one memorable episode, actor Andy Dick had to be forcibly removed from the show for touching another guest inappropriately.


Monologues, jokes, and spoofs sometimes contain strong sexual innuendo, including references to genitalia and sexual acts.


Words like “pissed," “ass,” and “hell” are audible. Stronger curse words, like “s--t” and “f--k,” are fully bleeped.


The show integrates commercials into the show to promote specific products and services, including Samsung phones, AT&T cellular service, and Corona beer. The series also serves as a promotional vehicle for celebrities and other prominent figures.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to alcohol and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this late-night comedy/talk-show series has had its fair share of controversial moments. The series integrates skit-like commercials that plug products from the show’s sponsors. The language is occasionally strong (though words like “f--k” and “s--t” are bleeped), and many of the jokes and spoofs include strong sexual innuendo. Note: Most teens who watch late-night shows like this check them out on a "time-shift" basis via DVR or online clips, rather than at the original 11:30 p.m.-or-later air time -- which is better for their sleep habits!

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE combines traditional variety show stunts with major celebrity performances to create its signature brand of late-night entertainment. Creator/host Jimmy Kimmel entertains audiences with his deadpan humor during his stand-up monologues and interviews with celebrities, while noteworthy performances from major musical bands and up-and-coming artists add to the entertainment. Running gags and bits with titles like “Unnecessary Censorship“ and “Touch the Head” are often carried out with the help of computer graphics, YouTube videos, and the show’s in house band. Also adding to the fray are skits that plug products from the show’s sponsors.

Is it any good?


The show features the traditional stunts of any late-night talk/comedy show, while also managing to attract a diverse group of celebrity guests and performers to keep things interesting. And Kimmel’s incorporation of family and friends into the show adds a fun variation to the typical late-night shenanigans.

While Kimmel’s humor sometimes seems understated, over its tenure, the show has occasionally faced potential censorship thanks to some of his iffier remarks. But Kimmel’s ability to successfully create entertaining segments reacting to these controversies has made the series even more popular. Whether you find Jimmy Kimmel Live hilariously funny or downright silly, the show has left an indelible mark on late-night entertainment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether comedians have a responsibility to be careful when telling jokes or playing pranks on people.  Who or what determines when comedians "go too far"? Would you consider Kimmel a good role model?

  • Is censorship of the media ever a good thing?

  • How do late-night shows influence other areas of the media?

TV details

Cast:Jimmy Kimmel
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old November 17, 2012

Not the best talk show, but Kimmel is a good host,

didn't watch "The Man Show" when it was on Comedy Central (from 1999 through 2004) because I never had more than basic cable, however I did manage to catch a few reruns later on and thought hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla were both very funny. It was a good idea for a show and it was carried out well. Before "Man Show" got canceled the two guys branched out into other programs (Carolla now has his own TV talk show called "Too Late with Adam Carolla" - it's a bit lame sometimes in terms of specific jokes but is a refreshingly frank show overall). Kimmel started hosting various programs and launched his own late-night talk show (apparently in 2003 but I've only started watching and hearing about it recently). I've seen a few episodes now and I think it's a good talk show. It could use a bit of work. For one, the writing isn't as strong as it could be. Sometimes the stuff is kind of lame - like the recent interview with Pamela Anderson (Kimmel hosted her roast on Comedy Central, then interviewed her on his show afterwards!), in which they had her play a game called something like "Do You Know Pam?", where the contestants answer questions about Pamela Anderson. The lame part is that they had Pamela Anderson participate in it. So far this show is pretty funny and I enjoy watching it, but they should recruit some stronger writers because it will never be on the same level as Conan or even Leno otherwise.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 30, 2012

Perfect for midnight laughs!

Jimmy Kimmel Live rocks! Very funny jokes,great voice acting,fun to watch,ect.
Kid, 9 years old March 15, 2014

great show

its a good show to watch and that parent review he cried for a boy who had brain cancer so really...
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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