A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages about self-improvement and processing grief and trauma.
Positive Role Models
Choe and his guests show thoughtfulness, compassion, honesty, bravery, and creativity. Choe discusses his experiences as an Asian American.
Violence & Scariness
Violence and crime, including physical assault, gang violence, and domestic abuse, are discussed and sometimes shown in archival photos and video.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent and explicit discussion of sex, including graphic descriptions of pornography and a wide range of sexual acts. Choe also discusses his sex and porn addiction.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "f----t," "d--k," "p---y," "a--hole," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Choe made a large fortune accepting stock as payment from Facebook in their early days when he painted murals in their office. Guests sometimes discuss their own work and brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol, cigarettes, and drug use are discussed and sometimes shown in animation or archival photos.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Choe Show is a unique talk show where visual artist David Choe has intimate discussions with his guests while painting their portraits. Choe aims for a type of raw, authentic discussion that often involves descriptions of violence and sexual acts. Things like physical assault, gang violence, and domestic abuse are described and occasionally seen in archival photos and video or animation. The Choe Show contains graphic descriptions of a wide variety of sex acts and pornography. Alcohol and drug use are also discussed and shown in archival footage. While Choe is authentically interested in and compassionate toward his guests, his coaching people to relive or confront traumatic events might have unintended, destructive consequences that are not seen.
Is It Any Good?
A healthy amount of skepticism should be a part of any viewing of shows like this, which are built around pop psychology and a loose idea of self-knowledge. The Choe Show is absolutely raw and often powerful, as Choe and his guests open up about painful and extraordinary subjects. The first episode involves two couples, each about to have their first child, speaking candidly about their complicated relationships with their own parents. But Choe also performs potentially reckless psychological experiments with guests without regard to whatever consequences might not appear on the show, and some of his confidants are fellow pseudo-intellectuals like Rainn Wilson and Neil Strauss. (It's a bad sign when one of your psychological bellwethers is the guy who wrote the pick-up artist tome The Game.) The Choe Show can be entertaining and compelling, but Choe is searching for answers without necessarily knowing the right questions.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.