The Guest Book

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Hijinks happen in irreverent comedy's mysterious cabin.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Love, romance, marriage, divorce, parenthood, religion, racism are themes. Issues aren't always resolved. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The entire cast is flawed, but not everyone has bad intentions. 


Kidnappings, fork stabbings, violent attacks, injuries, and murders. All are humorous rather than scary. Guns, crossbows visible. 


Strong innuendo, simulated sex acts, silhouetted nudity, exotic dancing, and porn. Crude sexual references. 


Curses range from "goddamn" and "s--t" to occasional Spanish words and rude gestures. Racist epithets uttered in one episode (in a specific context).


Ford Escalade, Mazda, Lexus, other car makes and models. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, beer, and hard liquor consumed; some drunken behavior. Cigarette and pot smoking visible, marijuana and crystal meth are consumed, and tranquilizers are administered. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Guest Book is an irreverent comedy series about a rustic cabin and the wacky things that happen when folks rent it out for a night. It contains lots of mature themes, ranging from infidelity and divorce to hustling, blackmail, and drugs. There's some cursing, strong innuendo, crude humor, and silhouetted nudity, as well as a few slaps, violent attacks (including fork stabs), kidnappings, and suicide attempts. Weapons, including guns and crossbows, are sometimes a major part of the story. One episode also features some racist epithets (which are viewed negatively). There's also lots of drinking and some drunken behavior; however, it's all in context in this over-the-top comedy. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byM. S. October 25, 2018
Adult Written byAmber L. March 1, 2018

Shouldn’t be on cable tv

I’m all for crude humor however the fact that this show is on cable tv and easily accessible for kids is ridiculous. The use of extremely profane langue (p---y,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySlasherFan August 20, 2017

Really a good show

Not bad for ages 13 and up. Can feature "funny" violence and crude language like bastard and d**n. Nudity is not something to worry about.

What's the story?

From My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia comes THE GUEST BOOK, an anthology series about the wacky experiences of guests who rent a rustic mountain cottage. Wilfred (Charles Robinson) and his wife, Emma (Aloma Wright), manage a cluster of cabins in Mount Trace, a place so beautiful that it is referred to as "God's Country." It's a quiet and pretty place, but the guests who stay in the cottage known as Froggy Cottage never seem to have a dull moment while they are there. They are also compelled to write down the details of their crazy experiences in the cabin guest book. Meanwhile, Wilfred and some of the other locals, including Dr. Andrew Brown (Garrett Dillahunt), Officer Kimberly Leahy (Kellie Martin), and local hustler Vivian (Carly Jibson), along with her sensitive stepson, Frank (Lou Wilson), add their own brand of behind-the-scenes madness to the sleepy town. 

Is it any good?

Clever and quirky, this irreverent comedy is based on the fictional stories that series creator Greg Garcia wrote in rental cabin guest books during his vacations. From a married couple trying to decompress after the recent birth of their child, to a misguided young Amish man trying to make the most of his rumspringa (year off), the series is full of well-timed quips and laugh-out-loud moments. The colorful roster of Froggy Cottage visitors, played by actors like Jaime Pressly, Stockard Channing, and Orson Bean, also adds to the show's robustness. 

Part of the fun comes from catching the instances when the different guests' experiences somehow overlap. But what really makes The Guest Book worth watching is the way each episode tells a story that is funny and fresh. Meanwhile, thanks to some good writing, their brief (albeit wild) experiences are woven into the everyday lives of the locals, who are coping with their own personal issues. If you enjoy shows with lots of smart and derisive wit, no doubt you will find this one very entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about humor. What makes things funny? When does being funny cross the line to being in bad taste or just plain mean? Is it OK to poke fun of serious topics, like religion or drug use? Do you think The Guest Book is funny?

  • How much of The Guest Book relies on the connections between different Froggy Cottage guests? If they didn't overlap in some way, would it change the dynamic of the overall series? 

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love quirky sitcoms

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