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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 17+
Based on 2 reviews

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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 byabi7vvvv August 6, 2019

Spade still throws great shade!!

Come on bad reviewers!! His cynicism is as sharp as ever. He puts relevance back into Gen X-er's when it comes to social media and social events for that m... Continue reading
Adult Written byLandowsk August 2, 2019

Love the format!

A refreshingly honest take on late night talk shows. I think the selection of guests can be improved but David spade is long overdue for this opportunity. He ha... Continue reading

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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

For kids who love comedy

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