Parents' Guide to

Nathan for You

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hilariously deadpan spoof with some sexual and racial humor.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+
The topics of the show here range from silly to more mature, but the more mature segments are done tastefully and appropriately. I think it is a great introduction to more “taboo” issues because Nathan is straightforward yet sensitive, while still maintaining great humor. I think Nathan’s demeanor is also great for kids and adults to see because his persona has been influenced by the autistic community, and I think it is important for people to see people on the spectrum as normal and successful.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Some Episodes Fine some not

Okay, this is probably one of my favorite shows I have seen in a while. He created something called dumb Starbucks. He copied everything from Star bucks but put “Dumb” in front of it so it’s a Parody. There is a invention for a hotel called a “Sex box”. It’s for if you want to have sex but you have a kid with you. So he made a box that’s sound proof. He put toys and themed it like a rocket ship. So he hired porn stars to have sex next to it as hard as they could. The kid couldn’t hear anything. So he hired 7 porn stars to test it. They sensor everything. Don’t listen to that 18 plus garbage. It’s the character of Nathan that makes it funny.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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If the deadpan absurdity of shows like The Colbert Report is what cracks you up, Nathan For You is, well, for you. Fielder has a killingly dry delivery and is fearless about presenting ridiculous and bizarre business ideas to company owners, who aren't quite sure how to react. Customers are similarly nonplussed: Fielder advises a pizza shop to advertise "free pizza" with every late delivery and then sets an impossibly short delivery window of eight minutes. So every customer gets a free pizza...that's a couple of inches in size. Annoyed customers curse Fielder out; we all laugh.

It's all uncomfortable laughter, of course, as we're essentially watching people who aren't in on the joke. But some of the gags are so silly that it's impossible not to find them childishly amusing. Fielder decides to conduct a series of job interviews in which he wears an earpiece and says only what various consultants advise him to say. His consultants: a seven-year-old boy, a "jerk," and a turtle. "Do you like skateboarding?" the seven-year-old instructs Fielder to ask, interrupting a serious interview question about his job experience. Funny stuff.

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