Lights Out With David Spade

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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OK comedy talk has innuendo, cursing, and stale banter.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The themes of the show focus on entertainment and popular culture. Comedians often use thinly veiled stereotypes to make their points, while others are obvious about using them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

David Spade spares no one with his humor, and makes no apologies for it. Guest comedians are from all walks of life. 


Conversations occasionally make references to violent moments. Featured videos sometimes show planes hitting the ground (without exploding) or other potentially dangerous events, but it’s meant to be funny and no one is shown hurt. 


Lots of sexual innuendo, only some of which will go over the heads of younger viewers. Jokes are made about things ranging from sexual positions and acts, to well-publicized child molesters and people accused of sexual assault. 


Words like "g--damn" are audible, but "f--k" is bleeped. 


References are consistently made to popular films, TV shows, social media sites, celebrities, etc. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

David Spade drinks out of an unmarked cup presumably filled with alcohol. References are occasionally made to drinking and drugs as part of the discussions being had. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lights Out With David Spade is a pop culture-themed talk show featuring a panel of comedians. It has lots of adult-oriented humor filled with sexual innuendo, some stereotypical references, cursing, and nods to drinking and drug use. There are also constant conversations about celebrities, influencers, and people notorious for engaging in inappropriate/illegal behaviors. Television shows, films, and social media outlets like Instagram. are also common themes. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPooltablefella September 25, 2019

On point

On point because its comedy w/ no politics on the menu!
Truly enjoy the show and its very consistent . The guests seem to be having a great time. He slightly c... Continue reading
Adult Written bywcohan August 21, 2019

Great, except for one thing

The over-clapping abuse makes the show difficult to watch. I have to watch the show with my remote on hand to lower the volume when the audience over-claps and... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHunterMaddox2004 November 8, 2019
its alright as far as the variety of sketches and topics but it really bothers me that he hasn't brought on instagram star hardrocknick,
i follow instagram... Continue reading

What's the story?

LIGHTS OUT WITH DAVID SPADE is a pop culture-themed talk show featuring a panel of comedians. Each half hour episode features comedian David Spade hosting three comedians and discussing contemporary topics relating to celebrities, social media, and other entertainment. In-between the joke-filled conversations are some pre-recorded bits also designed to generate some laughs. Silly videos narrated by Spade are also featured. 

Is it any good?

The lighthearted but only sometimes-funny show features David Spade delivering his trademark nonchalant humor about interesting or well-publicized events as they relate to popular culture. Meanwhile, his panel, which changes every day, features a range of comics from the stand-up circuit, as well as better-known celebrities like Jim Jefferies, Kaley Cuoco, and Dana Carvey. Not surprisingly, there are lots of jokes that push the envelope of good taste. But it's not particularly smart or thoughtful, and the banter sometimes feels stale thanks to a lack of discussion of anything beyond a few superficial topics, and a failure to keep the energy going after a good punchline. That said, Lights Out With David Spade still manages to offer a few funny moments, which will no doubt appeal to Spade fans. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why stereotypes are used as a source of humor. Why are they commonly used in jokes intended for older audiences? Can comedians be funny without them? 

  • Do you think people who appear on comedy shows like Lights Out With David Spade rehearse their jokes before appearing on camera? Or do they just tell the jokes as they come? How can you tell?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 29, 2019
  • Cast: David Spade
  • Network: Comedy Central
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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