A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The host has fun interacting with the kids, and some of them get to show off their talents onstage. Kids sometimes have wisdom that adults don't, or see the world in their own ways.
Positive Role Models
A diverse group of kids is questioned, and some of them get to show off their skills.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild innuendo, as when a boy talks about polishing balls for bowlers.
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Rarely "Oh my God."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids Say the Darndest Things is an unscripted comedy series that features host Tiffany Haddish conducting casual interviews with a changing cast of grade school-age kids. This third take on Art Linkletter's classic concept of asking kids questions and getting natural, often funny answers is fun, but Haddish tends to dominate both the conversation and the screen time, detracting from the show's likability in the process. While the content is usually appropriate for families watching together, there can be mild innuendo in some of what the kids say, as when a boy elaborates on his task of polishing balls for bowlers and the host and audience members laugh at length. That said, there's some unpredictability in the mostly unscripted nature of the show, so it might be worth previewing before you watch it together with your kids.
Is It Any Good?
This reboot sets out to put kids and their unfiltered humor in the spotlight, but it's the obtrusive host who winds up stealing the show from the intended young stars and starlets. Haddish seems unable to take a backseat to her small co-stars, instead turning many of the conversations into avenues to promote herself -- by plugging her voice work in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, emphasizing her own celebrity status, and even calling some of her famous friends during filming. If you're coming to the show hoping to hear what kids have to say, know that you'll hear a lot more of what Haddish herself wants you to know.
And on the subject of what kids have to say, the show's assertion that the young interviewees have not been coached on what to say is arguable, but they certainly have been groomed for performing on camera. That they do with unnatural ease, both in speaking their mind and in putting on awkwardly placed talent shows over the course of an episode. Kids Say the Darndest Things has a lot going on; unfortunately very little of it involves kids saying adorable and reliably unscripted things.
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