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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is a comedic news show in which the issues of the day are dissected and mocked. It's very much like the long-running The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: same set, theme song, and satirical viewpoint, plus some of the same correspondents. The tone is light, but certain news stories may disturb viewers, particularly younger ones. Cursing, including unbleeped ("s--t" and "bitch")and bleeped curses ("motherf---er"). Jokes about sex and body parts, race, religion, tough topics like war and famine. Real celebrities are also name-checked (Oprah, Beyonce) and political personages featured and mocked.
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What's the story?
Following in the footsteps of long-running satirical news show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH continues to skewer the news of the day with a new host. South African comedian Trevor Noah joins The Daily Show's already-in-place cast, a.k.a. “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” including fan favorites like Al Madrigal, John Hodgman, and Kristen Schaal. Each show opens with a monologue summing up the day's most important event, after which a few stories are examined in detail by correspondent reports. Next, Noah interviews a celebrity or newsmaker with a viewpoint to share or a product to plug. Finally, things wrap up with your Moment of Zen, a funny visual from the news.
Is it any good?
Since most everything's the same as in the previous incarnation of this venerable news/comedy show, the question becomes whether Trevor Noah can pull off the hosting gig, and the answer is "pretty much." Noah, still mostly known more stateside for his Daily Show contributor bits than his comedy (he's big in South Africa) is as smooth and affable a host as one could wish for, if missing Jon Stewart's winky sardonic charm. However, with bits like Moment of Zen unchanged, this is still the same show you have known and loved for years, just given a glossy, sophisticated new packaging, not to mention a younger one. Though some of the jokes, like one about a certain politician's name sounds like a sex act, could have shown up on Stewart's Daily Show, others, like jokes about sending a woman a Pope emoji while late-night sexting, seem to be aimed at viewers younger than Stewart's Generation X audience. Some stories, however, may disturb younger viewers, and it takes a sophisticated sense of humor to get the irony in most of the jokes -- watching along with your teens and tweens can start conversations about the big issues.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why a show like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah making fun of the daily news exists. Why do viewers like to watch comic takes on the news?
Compare the front page of your local paper, or the stories featured on the front page of its website, to the stories featured in The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Why did The Daily Show choose to cover some stories and leave out others?
Have you watched The Daily Show with other hosts other than Trevor Noah? Who is your favorite host, and why?
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