A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Conversations about things, people, and places in history underline the importance of learning history and putting it in context.
Positive Role Models
This is not a show on which viewers get to know participants on a personal level, but host Ferguson is respectful to his guests and listens to their points of view; any mockery is gentle.
Violence & Scariness
Discussions vary in their violent tone, but some segments, such as those discussing history's greatest tyrants, may be scary to kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional jokes with a sexual tinge: "You guys are pussies!" (to two men).
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Occasional cursing: "damn," "hell," bleeped "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Mention of a wide range of celebrities and historical figures: Jeff Bridges, the Kardashians, Hitler.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional jokes about drinking and drugs. Host Ferguson has a colorful drug history he may refer to.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Join or Die with Craig Ferguson is a talk show on which the host and three guests debate historical events or personalities. There are occasional off-color jokes, and Ferguson refers to his own history with drugs and sex. Cursing includes "hell" and "damn," while "f--k" is bleeped. Discussion can veer toward the violent and morbid, too, particularly during discussions of war or tyrants. The talk is too mature for young viewers, but teens with an interest in history will learn new things by watching.
Is It Any Good?
Lively, clever, and accessible, this talk show is a good whole-family viewing choice for those with teens, particularly ones who love to argue. Who's to say what's history's most influential drug, greatest invention, or craziest cult? The show starts with an arbitrary list that gets narrowed down as guests decide which of the items are duds. It's pretty fun stuff and should produce some lively dinner table debates after watching. Ferguson, or his talent booker, also has a keen eye for interesting guests, often bringing in celebs you haven't seen in a while and are glad to hear from: Michael Ian Black, Courteney Cox, and Jack Black. It's not must-see TV, but you'll be happy enough to consume a few episodes at a time with the kids.
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