Parents' Guide to

The Jack and Triumph Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sitcom format doesn't suit sharp-tongued dog's comedy.

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Triumph was a hit on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows, raking in the laughs with Smigel's mocking diatribe on anyone and everyone in the roaming canine's path. Smigel's ad-lib style is no less sharp or scathing in this show, but the sitcom format really constricts how much of it he can do since most of the show is scripted. The result is an awkward blend of Jack's wide-eyed innocence, Triumph's manipulative schemes, and a parade of mostly B-list celebrities who often serve as targets for the dog's insults.

Strong language and ubiquitous sexual references ensure this isn't something you want your tweens watching, but mature teens might enjoy Triumph's roast-style digs at his victims. If yours do watch, then use the opening to talk about bullying issues, since Triumph's mannerisms would garner entirely different responses in the real world than they do on TV.

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