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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Hilarious late-night fare has copious sex talk, language.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Better Than it Looks

For the longest time, I wouldn't watch this show. Don't know why, but something about it turned me off. So I watched my Daily Show, Colbert Report, then immediately turned the TV off and went to bed. But I didn't turn the TV off one night, and as I went to get a glass of water, I found myself caught up in it and watched the whole half hour. It made me snort-laugh a couple times. While it can be really funny, the Common Sense review is right on the nose here. Personally, the swearing isn't the biggest problem, because a lot of it is bleeped, but if you're sensitive to that kind of thing, there are a fair amount of bleeps. There are mentions of drugs too (both legal and illicit), including a particular comedian who looks high every time he's on the show. Even that doesn't bother me. The references to sex though... whoo boy. This show's purpose is to laugh those kind of laughs that you have to otherwise you'd blush so hard you'd burn up. I love that kind of humor (sex-positive feminist here, I believe comedy is way of breaking taboos)... but a I know a lot of parents do not (including my own, which is why I usually watch the show by myself in the basement). However, there is the occasional good message, at least according to my ideals. Hardwick's #FreeTheNipple rant was spot-on (like I said, sex-positive feminist), you can check out just the speech segment on Comedy Central's website. Speaking of feminist-y things, female representation here has vastly improved compared to most of Comedy Central's line-up (I think I can count the number of comediennes I've seen with their own headliners on one hand, and there's only two shows I can think of on the channel that are female-centered). The number of male and female comedians over the course of the whole show seem to be about 50/50 (some nights are all male, but some are all female, and then there's the nights with 2-1 for each). And they've recently talked explicitly about female representation (for Frozen and the new Ghostbusters movie). The host, Chris Hardwick, is charming in a "Hollywood Nerd"-type way. You know, geeky but still approachable. Overall, it's not exactly as much of an intellectual discourse like the shows that precede it, but a great way to unwind after the political churnings.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

@midnight is a hilarious improv series that blends two things teens and young adults love: comedy and the Internet. It mines popular sites and social media such as YouTube, Vine, and Tinder for inspiration for the games, recapping bizarre news stories or playing comically bad videos to generate laughs from the audience and quips from the guests. And, with a new panel of players and different content on each episode, the show always feels fresh and unique. Add to that the interactive component that allows viewers to submit their own content on Twitter, and it's clear why this series would be popular with social media-savvy teens.

What won't be popular with parents is @midnight's liberal attitude toward language and suggestive content, which is so ribald it's almost shocking at times. It's certainly not the stuff you'd want your younger teens to be hearing, much less repeating, and the barrage of sexual references is sure to inspire Internet searches. Even though the censored TV version exercises some selective editing the online one does not, there's still a lot here that's questionable for teens. The bottom line? There's a reason @midnight airs after midnight, so keep it on your adults-only watch list.

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