A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this prime time talk show/comedy series features all the traditional segments of similar late-night shows, from celebrity interviews to silly skits. Much of the humor is derived from current events, and, as a result, includes a fair bit of sexual content (including references to S&M and homosexuality) and occasional mild references to violence and alcohol consumption. Teens may not be wild about Leno’s sketches but may find the celebrity interviews and musical performances entertaining.
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What's the story?
Airing at 10 p.m. nightly instead of the usual 11:30 p.m. or later, THE JAY LENO SHOW brings traditional late-night talk/comedy television to prime time. In each episode, the former Tonight Show host offers up an array of jokes, spoofs, and comedy sketches while hosting celebrity guests from all walks of life. Musical performances and comedy routines round out the entertainment. Also along for the ride is the Tonight Show’s former house band leader, Kevin Eubanks.
Is it any good?
While the show's content is on the milder (and classier) side of things for series of its kind, there's otherwise very little that sets it apart from Leno’s former hosting gig besides its earlier timeslot. Leno’s monologue and some of the show’s standard gags are remarkably similar to those featured during his tenure on the Tonight Show. And Eubanks’ presence, while enjoyable, adds to the sense of familiarity.
Overall, the show isn’t very edgy -- but some of the sketches are funny. Still, it doesn’t really offer much in the way of new entertainment. It just lets viewers watch late-night entertainment a few hours earlier.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes talk/comedy/variety shows stand out from each other. Do their differences come from the host's style, or are there other elements that can set a show apart from the crowd?
How are guests chosen for shows like this one? What audience do you think the producers are trying to reach?
How do talk shows impact other forms of media?