A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Monologues, jokes, and spoofs sometimes contain strong sexual innuendo, including references to genitalia and sexual acts.
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Words like "pissed," "ass," and "hell" are audible. Stronger curse words, like "s--t" and "f--k," are fully bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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!
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.
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