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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Problematic with Moshe Kasher is a talk show that focuses on topics that are "problematic," meaning controversial and polarizing: racism, politics, religion, and other touchy topics. The conversation is too mature -- and talky -- for younger viewers, but teens may appreciate the food for thought, and the topics may set off interesting family discussions. There's cursing ("damn," "ass," "s--t," "bitch"), and some off-color jokes about sex, violence, and body parts. But the debates are lively and thoughtful, and Kasher is a respectful host who's good at keeping the conversation going.
What's the story?
In an era when rants on Twitter have replaced reasoned debate, the host of PROBLEMATIC WITH MOSHE KASHER aims to usher in at least a small corner of the airwaves dedicated to civil discourse. On each episode, Kashner turns to a different controversial topic -- cultural appropriation, liberals who reluctantly support gun ownership -- then invites guests from many ares of pop culture to join him onstage and talk about it. Maybe Kasher and his guests aren't going to solve all of our society's problems. But they're pretty good at making viewers think.
Is it any good?
Considerably enlivened by the self-effacing wit of Moshe Kasher, this talk show is so fun that it makes you forget that talk shows are out of style. Similarly themed shows such as Brand X with Russell Brand and The Jeselnik Offensive flamed out quickly, and Problematic may, too -- but that would be a shame, because it's more entertaining to watch. For one thing, Kasher is unguarded enough to share anecdotes from his own awkward adolescence and sharp enough to make them funny.
Teens, so invested in figuring out where they stand on various issues, and hopeful that they can solve the world's problems, will warm to this show, which supports its points with Iggy Azalea video clips, social media photos of Kylie Jenner, and, in at least one instance, a pretty catchy rap that name-checks Cher, the Washington Redskins, Kenny G., and Coachella. Like most teens, Problematic will provide viewers with plenty of food for thought.
Talk to your kids about ...
Moshe Kasher often confesses to his own failings when it comes to certain social or ethical no-nos. Why does this demonstrate humility and integrity? How are these important character strengths for this particular hosting job on Problematic?
Do you always agree with the points of view of Kasher's guests? Is the show more interesting if you agree or disagree? Has debating a political or moral point ever made you think differently?
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