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Red Table Talk

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Three generations share candid insights on mature themes.

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Positive Messages

Themes addressed include family, relationships, body image, and understanding, sex, domestic abuse, racism, and Hollywood-related gossip. Empowerment, perseverance, and importance of family are regularly underscored. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The three women openly discuss their ideas about certain subjects, but the older women can't help but offer advice to their younger co-hosts. 

Violence

Conversations about domestic abuse, addiction-induced violence, racially motivated violence, etc. Brief discussions about using weapons to defend oneself. 

Sex

Some episodes have frank conversations about sex-related issues ranging from body issues to masturbation, but words to describe specific acts are carefully chosen, aren't always explicit. Interviews with celebrities about relationships and discussions about marriage and divorce (offered primarily in an informative, thoughtful context). 

Language

Words like "hell" and "damn." Curses like "s--t" are bleeped. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Discussions about drinking and addiction. Wine consumed during some conversations with adults over 21. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Red Table Talk is a Facebook Watch series featuring Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother, and her adult daughter talking about a range of personal and social topics. These include domestic violence (during which threats and weapons are discussed), addiction, body image issues, sex, marriage, and infidelity. The conversations are honest and straightforward, and words are generally chosen with care when discussing more mature issues. Teens may be interested in the celebrity-driven series, and parents may want to watch with them to discuss afteward.

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What's the story?

RED TABLE TALK is a critically acclaimed Facebook Watch series starring three generations of women talking about contemporary social issues while sitting around a red table. Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, candidly discuss interesting and relevant topics ranging from raising kids in Hollywood to things like marriage, divorce, addiction, violence, and white privilege. It also features conversations and one-on-one interviews with friends, including actors like Gabrielle Union and Leah Remini, and influencers like EJ Johnson to get their insights on certain topics and work out serious issues. Family members Will and Jaden Smith occasionally join in. 

Is it any good?

This thoughtful series offers straightforward conversations about different issues within the context of helping others. Many of these exchanges, some of which address topics like coping with addiction, domestic violence, sex, marriage, and divorce revolve around the hosts' personal experiences. Other discussions explore more political issues, like racism, and Hollywood gossip-related topics. But the overall series features honest, and sometimes constructive, testimonials about how people make sense of their lives, and the lessons they've learned throughout. If you like interesting, no-frills celebrity talk shows, Red Table Talk might fit the bill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about talk shows. Why do people enjoy other people chatting with each other? Would you like to go on a talk show? Why or why not? What would you talk about? 

  • Some of the conversations on Red Table Talk candidly address mature topics like body image issues and sexuality, as a way of helping people think about these topics and empower themselves. Do you think this is a good way to bring up and discuss issues with your own family?

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