A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reading and writing is celebrated. Themes vary according to the books being discussed.
Positive Role Models
The authors are interesting and creative.
Violence & Scariness
Violent events, including the abuses sustained by enslaved people, sexual assaults, etc. are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Relationships are sometimes referenced in the books discussed, the sexual nature of which vary.
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Products & Purchases
The series promotes the authors and books selected. Apple products are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drunken behavior is discussed within the context of book’s themes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oprah's Book Club is a series dedicated to what once was a monthly installment of the original Oprah Winfrey Show. Some of the books they discuss, as well as some of the authors' personal stories, include mature themes, ranging from things like enslavement, rape, and failed relationships, to substance abuse and other issues. These conversations are offered within the context of each writer's experience. The show promotes the books featured, and Apple products are visible.
Is It Any Good?
This talk show offers viewers an opportunity to learn more about the books they are reading on Oprah Winfrey's book list from each author's point of view. It gives an opportunity for wider audiences to understand the author's writing process, including how they conceived the story, the research required, and the difficulties surrounding writing. As is her style, Winfrey carefully guides the conversation, and inserts her points of view without hesitation. There are some interesting moments (including a few spoilers), and there's no doubt that Oprah fans will be drawn to it. But Oprah's Book Club might also give aspiring writers some tools for reflecting on their own work.
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.