My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Letterman interview show light on humor, heavy on insight.

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Positive Messages

Working toward the public good and making positive contributions to society are main themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Guests are often involved in projects designed to help people. 

Violence

Violent events, such as the march on Selma, are discussed. 

Sex

Conversations include occasional innuendo. 

Language

"Hell," "crap"; occasional cursing. 

Consumerism

Guests' shows, films, books, and other projects are discussed or briefly shown, but not in a marketing context. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking and smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is a series featuring David Letterman interviewing famous people who contribute to the public good in some way. Conversations often include discussions about violent events, including the march on Selma, the plight of Syrian refugees, and other incidents. Occasionally there's some sexual innuendo, some cursing, and references to drinking. Guests' books, shows, and charitable projects are talked about, but not in a marketing context. The host frequently uses political humor, which may not sit well with some viewers. 

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What's the story?

MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION is a Netflix interview series hosted by David Letterman. Each episode features the former late-night personality conducting one-on-one interviews with larger-than-life folks who serve the community at the local, national, and international level. Guests include former president Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and George Clooney. Throughout each hour-long interview, previously recorded segments featuring Letterman meeting with people connected to the guests' work are shown. 

Is it any good?

This easygoing series features David Letterman doing what he does best: engaging in witty conversations and storytelling with guests. However, he replaces the usual quirky jokes and trademark acerbic style his Late Show persona is known for with a more serious and intentional tone. His questions are specifically designed to encourage interviewees to share some personal moments, allowing each of them to offer their unique perspective on serving the public good. 

The conversations take place on a bare auditorium stage in front of a live audience, and lack the common devices used to make interviews more entertaining for home viewers. Nonetheless, despite some dry moments, there are plenty of funny quips (often at President Donald Trump's expense) to keep the momentum going. If you're looking for late night-style entertainment, you won't find it here. But My Next Guest Needs No Introduction offers some perceptive and intelligent dialogue with some interesting people. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different guests featured on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. What kind of public service projects are they involved with? Why?

  • Why do you think the series is called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

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For kids who love talk shows

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