Norm MacDonald Has a Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rambling talk show big on cursing, low on laughs.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Celebrity guests talk about careers, their craft, and other things. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Norm MacDonald appears a little clueless at times, but this is part of his comedy. 

Violence

Gags include fake pistol whippings. 

Sex

Questions about people's sex lives, etc. 

Language

"Bitch," "d--k," "s--t," "f--k."

Consumerism

Logos for Netflix, Red Bull prominently visible and sometimes openly referenced. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Questions and anecdotes sometimes reference drinking excessively, and using cocaine and other drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Norm MacDonald Has a Show is a talk show that stars comedian Norm MacDonald. There's lots of cursing, crude references, and conversations about drinking and drug use as MacDonald interrogates his celebrity guests. Questions about people's sex lives and other behaviors are often asked, too. Logos for Netflix and Red Bull are prominently featured throughout each episode. If you're a fan of MacDonald, there may be something in this show for you, but his often abrasive personality may be a turn off for many.

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What's the story?

NORM MACDONALD HAS A SHOW is a talk show hosted by comedian Norm MacDonald. The Netflix series, which is an adaptation of his podcast titled Norm MacDonald Live, features the former SNL star, along with his sidekick Adam Eget, talking to notable celebrities like David Spade, Drew Barrymore, and Jane Fonda about their craft. They also share interesting, crazy, or funny moments in their careers.

Is it any good?

The bland series features Norm MacDonald engaged in free-flowing, rambling-like banter with interesting guests, with the help of handheld blue note cards. The conversations that take place seem to lack direction, but this, along with the host's deadpan style, is part of the overall shtick.  

During each interview, the cast sits at a desk on a sound stage in front of some of the show's production staff. But despite the occasional laughter from crew members, the show's energy is pretty low, thanks to the lack of a real studio audience. Perhaps longtime Norm MacDonald fans will tune in, but Norm MacDonald Has a Show is pretty weak on laughs. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes something funny. Is cursing or using stereotypes necessary for comedy to be funny for adults? Are there any famous comedians who don't use them?  

  • What is a podcast? What kinds of things can be done on Norm MacDonald Has a Show that can't be done on Norm MacDonald's podcast? 

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For kids who love personalities

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