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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List



Funny gal reveals all in hunt for fame. Teens OK.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Griffin's life seems pretty shallow, with the constant push for fame overriding all else. Her self-deprecating humor largely centers on Hollywood and celebrities. She leans left politically and voices anti-Bush, pro-gay, pro-women's issues stances.

Not applicable

Griffin makes jokes about sex occasionally, but nothing graphic.


Griffin curses constantly. The biggies are bleeped, but "bitch," "whore," "ass," etc. are all common.


Luxury brand names, like Prada, are mentioned occasionally.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, plus Griffin makes fun of how much her elderly parents drink.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show about comedian Kathy Griffin features lots of cursing, though the most offensive words are bleeped. The humor is adult-oriented and covers sex, alcohol, politics, and intimate relationships. Griffin makes fun of everybody, including her parents and her fans. Griffin is honest about her search for fame and admits that her occasional altruistic acts are merely hunts for media attention.

What's the story?

In Kathy Griffin's Bravo reality show MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST, viewers watch this fame-obsessed comedian's continual efforts to remain in the public eye, which are often embarrassing failures. Griffin doesn't wallow in her disappointments too deeply, but viewers get to see moments that surely hammer at her self-esteem, as when she uses a charity event being held at her home as leverage to get free products and discounted floor samples. Griffin's even-tempered husband, Matt, provides a refreshing relief to Kathy's demanding, high-energy nature in early episodes, but they've since split up. And her parents are wonderfully supportive and adorable -- despite the fact that even they aren't spared Griffin's sharp-tongued mockery.

Is it any good?


Watching D-List gives viewers a peek into what lower-level celebrities must have to do to make money and stay relevant. It's exhausting work, and you have to both admire the effort and wonder why the attention is so important. While it's fun to watch Griffin keep up the fight, perhaps the show will give fame-hungry teens a tiny glimpse into the real -- and often unglamorous -- world of celebrity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fame. What's so appealing about being famous? How far would teens go to get attention? Is there a comfortable balance between fame and obscurity? What celebrities do family members admire and why? When you watch this show, do you feel like you're laughing with Griffin or at her?

TV details

Premiere date:August 3, 2005
Cast:Kathy Griffin
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byCharles1802 February 14, 2013

This thing is overrated.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byanimeboy22 April 9, 2008

VERY funny.

This show is funny, very funny. I am mature, so I get the comedy. But there are always some stupid immature kids out there who don't know anything. It's a funny show, I laughed so hard I couldn't breath.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMissWorld February 12, 2011

Perfect for everyone :)

Common Sense obviously has never seen the show. She is a comedian so sure she overdoes things, she is only joking. She loves her parent, assistance, and her gays. She's a wonderfully funny woman and I love this show.
What other families should know
Great role models