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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is a half-hour news show starring comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj discusses politics, world events, issues such as racism, and the economy in a down-to-earth manner that includes plenty of slang and profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k." Sex and violence are discussed as they relate to current events, but nothing graphic or exploitative is shown. The show is aimed at adults, but mature older teens who may be growing interested in politics will find much to enjoy here as well.
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What's the story?
PATRIOT ACT WITH HASAN MINHAJ is a half-hour weekly news program fronted by acclaimed comedian Hasan Minhaj, who is the first ever Indian American Muslim to host a late-night show. (It's being marketed as a "late-night" show, although it airs on Netflix, where new episodes drop in the morning and can technically be watched at any time of day.) Unlike many similar offerings, Minhaj doesn't sit on a couch or behind a desk news anchor-style, he works in front of a live audience while roaming a stage that is framed by large screens showing graphics and video segments relating to whatever story he's covering. The show explores world issues and events using footage from various media sources, as well as his own satirical pre-taped bits.
Is it any good?
While the show isn't the first in this genre -- Samantha Bee and John Oliver's shows both spring to mind -- Minhaj's unique viewpoint and innate charisma make it one to watch. Mixing in-depth political critiques with comedy may not be a new thing, but the quality of the reporting (the show is staffed by journalists from the New York Times and ProPublica) and Minhaj's own under-represented perspective as an Indian American and a Muslim add a much-needed fresh voice to the late-night landscape. All that being said, none of this would work if its host weren't so funny -- but Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj wraps important information in a hilarious package, doing so in a way that feels both timely and long overdue.
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Families can talk about what makes Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj different from similar shows in this genre. How does the format and approach set this show apart?
Hasan Minhaj is the first ever Indian American and Muslim late-night host. How might his background and upbringing help him bring a different perspective to the world events he's covering in his stories?
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