The Detour

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Funny family road trip is an edgy farce aimed at adults.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show mines laughs from themes of miscommunication, dishonesty, and negligence. On the plus side, the family generally gets along, sticks together, and tells the truth when it's really important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone in the family is flawed in some way, and they don't always do the right thing. But you can tell they genuinely love each other and want to spend time together.


Cartoonish violence; no blood.


Sex (including sexual acts such as hand jobs) is implied, with some sexual situations (including characters accidentally taking their kids to a strip club), blurred nudity, sexually charged kissing, etc.


Unbleeped language includes "s--t" in its various forms ("dips--t," "horses--t," "bulls--t"), "bitch," and the like.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, sometimes to excess; characters smoke cigarettes, vaping cigars, and marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents needs to know that The Detour is an edgy comedy made for adults, even though the premise of a family road trip makes it seem like it might be OK for kids. You'll hear strong, unbleeped language (including "s--t" in several forms) and see story lines that involve drug use (including marijuana that's both smoked and ingested) and some sexy stuff (including implied intercourse and sex acts such as hand jobs), though sensitive parts are blurred out. There's also some comedic violence (a car crashes into a ditch, a man fires a flare gun into the air) but no blood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byalwaleed2600 April 23, 2020

not for kids

there to much sex and hard kiss
Written byAnonymous January 30, 2018

Take a detour from "Detour" and pick something worthwhile

I will be so happy when the trend of putting young kids in racy TV shows comes to an end. Swearing, sex, drugs... it's already a bad show if it's just... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTypewriter101 July 8, 2020

I'd be sad if you haven't seen this!

This show really should be rated R, but in my opinion TV-MA is fine because only mature audiences should watch it. This show is a tv life roller-coaster. Either... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 17, 2017
They say s--t sometimes as well as f--k or f--king and in one episode 2 kids say c--t and they also say asshole or b-tch sometimes. There is some violence like... Continue reading

What's the story?

The original plan was to fly from New York to Florida for an unforgettable family getaway. But THE DETOUR finds Nate (Jason Jones) and his family -- wife Robin (Natalie Zea), daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich), and son Jared (Liam Carroll) -- going the distance in a dilapidated minivan dubbed "Blue Thunder." As they limp along their 1,300-mile journey, they find themselves in increasingly ridiculous situations, each one more inconceivable than the next.

Is it any good?

The family-vacation plot has been done before, both in classic (National Lampoon’s Vacation) and forgettable (RV) fashion; thankfully, this series makes it feel fresh. In fact, with creative storytelling, edgy humor, and great performances, it almost plays like a big-screen comedy, but one that's delivered in measured doses to keep us coming back for more.

The Detour was created by husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, who claim their own real-life family-vacation experiences inspired some of the story. (And to that, we fire back: "WHICH PARTS?") Adults who like quirky humor will definitely get the laughs they came for. But given the strong language, comedic drug use, and on-screen sex jokes (including a faraway visual of a grandmother giving her elderly husband a hand job), it's iffy for older teens at best.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Detour's portrayal of family dynamics, particularly when it comes to traveling. Do Nate, Robin, and their kids work well as a team? How well do they get along, and to what degree do their problems reflect real life?

  • How does The Detour compare to other basic-cable comedies in terms of language and sexual content? Is it OK for older teens, or is it better left to adults? Who's the target audience, and how can you tell?

  • Which structural tools are The Detour's writers using to keep the action -- and viewer interest -- going over multiple episodes? Would the premise and characters work equally well on the big screen?

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For kids who love family comedy

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