A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
David Spade spares no one with his humor, and makes no apologies for it. Guest comedians are from all walks of life.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "g--damn" are audible, but "f--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.