TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Talk show features Griffin's bawdy style; heavy language.

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Positive Messages

The series focuses on the latest pop culture gossip and can be really cruel at times in an effort to be funny.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Griffin is bawdy and crass, but also demonstrates her love for her mother and her respect for her staff. Panelists are from all walks of life.


Contains brief references to violent celebrity behavior. Rape is mentioned.


Frequent sexual references, including talk about genitals, various sex acts, and related behaviors. Homosexuality is a frequent topic. Pre-taped show clips sometimes feature Griffin in her underwear.


An endless amount of salty vocab. Words like "bitch" and "hell" are audible; "f--k," "s--t" bleeped.


Occasional references to stores like K-Mart and Loehman's. Apple computers are visible during comedy sketches.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking and drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kathy is hosted by comedienne Kathy Griffin, and (not surprisingly) features her trademark over-the-top comedy style, which includes lots of salty language ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped), endless crude sexual references, and occasional conversations about drinking, getting high, and violent behavior. Kathy makes fun of celebrities and celeb culture, of which she is a part. Pre-taped video clips sometimes show the host in her underwear.

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What's the story?

Hosted by award-winning comedienne and reality star Kathy Griffin , KATHY is talk show that dishes on the the latest pop culture events and celebrities. Each week Griffin and a panel of non-celebrity guests discuss the events that have made headlines -- mostly in the media tabloids -- and offer their unique commentary about them. In-between conversations, pre-taped comedy skits featuring her trademark over-the-top behavior are aired. Brief stand-up performances and conversations with her assistant, Tiffany Rinehart, and her mom, Maggie, are also part of the fray.

Is it any good?

After being banned from practically every talk show on television, Griffins is now using her own talk show as a platform for the brash conversations she likes to have about celebrities and other sensational topics. However, because there are few celebrities actually featured on the show, much of its focus is on the endless sex jokes and bleeped language used to talk about them.

The best parts of the show are the ones that feature Griffin doing her comedy, rather than her interaction with her panel, which can get a little tiresome. But it has its funny moments, and folks tuning in looking for Griffin's trademark over-the-top humor will not be disappointed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talk shows and their hosts. What qualities does a good talk show host need? Does someone have to be a celebrity to successfully launch their own talk show? Did you think that talk shows are designed to promote celebrities, products, and other things?

  • What do you think of Kathy Griffin's comedy style? Is she offering a critique of celebrity culture? Or is she just being mean?

  • Are topics like violent acts, drinking, and drugs, appropriate for comedy-themed media? Why or why not? What kind of impact does doing this have on the way people understand these issues? Does it have an impact on people even if the humor goes over people's heads?

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For kids who love comedy

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