Sundays with Alec Baldwin

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Humdrum talk show features flat format, mature topics.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Celebrity anecdotes and current issues pertaining to the entertainment industry discussed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Baldwin is generally respectful, and often blunt.

Violence

References to disliking people, difficult moments, allegations of sexual assault, etc. 

Sex

Promiscuity, womanizing in Hollywood culture, and sexuality in other contexts, are discussed. 

Language

"Hell," "damn," bleeped curses. 

Consumerism

References to TV shows, films, theater productions, and other performances by guests. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sundays with Alec Baldwin is a talk show featuring actor Alec Baldwin having in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. There's some strong language ("hell," "damn," etc., and some bleeped cursing), and mature topics like allegations of sexual harassment, sexism, and other subjects are discussed. The dry format lacks the showiness of many late night talk shows and may not appeal to teens as a result. 

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What's the story?

SUNDAYS WITH ALEC BALDWIN is a talk show starring Alec Baldwin having in-depth, one-on-one conversations with celebrity guests. From conversations with Jerry Seinfeld about allegations of sexism in the entertainment industry to talking about the art of developing sketch characters with Kate McKinnon, Baldwin chats with visitors about a range of topics pertaining to their professional and personal lives. Throughout it all, excerpts from TV shows, films, and other moments are featured. 

Is it any good?

This dry, podcast-like series offers viewers a chance to watch Alec Baldwin and his guests share anecdotes and intelligently banter about topics relevant to their careers. The simplicity of the set, which includes two chairs and some hidden side tables, allows for easygoing exchanges. Despite the lack of a studio audience, off-stage reactions from the show's crew are sometimes audible, giving it an occasional punch. 

As with most talk shows, Sundays with Alec Baldwin centers around its host. But thanks to Baldwin's controversial past, this creates some awkward moments. He isn't always likable, and his interviewing style doesn't always allow for interesting insights to be fully revealed during conversations. The show's lack of flashiness also diminishes its entertainment quality. As a result, outside of his existing fan base, it's unclear who the intended audience of the show is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons some celebrities get their own talk show. Is it because they're interesting? Popular? Controversial? How do their shows reflect  their personalities?

  • What audience is Sundays with Alec Baldwin geared toward? Does the show's format work better for a podcast than a TV show? Why? 

TV details

For kids who love talk shows

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