Talking with Chris Hardwick

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Nerd talk for pop-culture enthusiasts has some language.

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Positive Messages

Popular culture is relevant, interesting, fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hardwick, guests are friendly. 


Occasional references to violence. 


Occasional innuendo. 


"Hell," "damn";  "a--hole" and curses bleeped; all is audible in podcast version.


The Nerdist is promoted; lots of film clips, references to celebrity-led companies, projects.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking occasionally discussed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talking With Chris Hardwick, which is a televised version of the popular podcast, The Nerdist, contains some strong language and bleeped cursing (all which is audible in the podcast version). Celebs discuss their projects, company labels, and their lives, Depending on the guest, there are occasional references to violence, sexual innuendo, and comments about drinking and smoking.

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What's the story?

TALKING WITH CHRIS HARDWICK is a pop-culture-centered talk show hosted by The Wall's Chris Hardwick. The series, which is a televised version of Hardwick’s podcast, The Nerdist, invites iconic guests like Elijah Wood and the cast of Silicon Valley for in-depth discussions about their creative work. They also answer questions from the show’s online and studio audiences. 

Is it any good?

This light-hearted series plays up the podcast's vibe by featuring celebrities who have worked on films and other projects that appeal to people's geeky side. The in-studio discussions are held in a Comic Con-style format, which allows for some fun interactions, too.

The conversational style of Talking With Chris Hardwick allows for some in-depth discussions about the significance of the guests' work, ranging from their time playing popular characters, to non-mainstream projects that they are committed to. It has a lot to offer pop culture enthusiasts, and Nerdist fans will definitely enjoy it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about popular culture. What makes it interesting? Are there any examples of popular culture that aren't connected to the media in some way? What do they have to say about pop culturen on Talking With Chris Hardwick?

  • What does it mean when something or someone is referred to as being iconic? Are the guests appearing Talking With Chris Hardwick really icons, or just celebs that have something to promote?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2017
  • Cast: Chris Hardwick
  • Network: AMC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 27, 2020

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