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Kal Penn Approves This Message

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Talk show gives teens primer on political issues.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Certain view agenda with no support of alternative views

The commercial alone shows the agenda. No need to bother watching. I think it’s important to teach our children how having two approaches to certain issues can be beneficial and that it is why we have a checks-and-balances system for our country. Agreeing completely with one side is not only impossible, but also dangerous in itself. I have lost all respect for Kal. Shows the brainwashing of our children early.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

As Penn himself references in the first episode, it's a little odd that a show aimed at young people is hosted by a 43-year-old. Penn's background of being both a comedian and a civil servant is perfect for a show like this in theory, but the conceit would have been more powerful if hosted by an actual young person. While overall enjoyable, the comedic bits will likely fall a bit flat for many teenagers. That said, he does a good job of explaining issues in a simple way that won't insult teens' intelligence.

Politically-savvy teens will likely not learn a ton of new stuff from Penn, but Kal Penn Approves This Message does have the potential to be a good introduction to teens just starting to tune into the issues. At a time when the country could not be more divided, it's refreshing that Penn's message is simply the importance of being informed and taking action, rather than trying to convince viewers to agree with his side of the issue.

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