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Jimmy Kimmel Live

Deadpan comedian offers controversial late-night fun.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003

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!

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

Premiere date:January 26, 2003
Cast:Jimmy Kimmel
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byyy15 November 3, 2013

Stay away from Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Don't bother watching this show. I would rate it with zero star if the choice was available. JImmy Kimmel should be removed from any TV show. He makes fun of people, including disabled people and minorities. His recent episode aired on Oct 16, 2013 went as far as having a six-years old to call for killing all Chinese to avoid repaying national debt. This severely irresponsible and extremely violent. Not only it's not appropriate for kids, it's very disturbing even for adults.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old July 2, 2015

Parents and Kids, give it a try

Jimmy Kimmel is a show meant for everyone. It's actually REAL comedy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
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