The Jay Leno Show

Common Sense Media says

Leno takes late-night entertainment into prime time.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the series pokes fun at current events and popular celebs, politicians, and others in the media spotlight, the jokes aren't intended to be mean-spirited.

Positive role models

Leno is a friendly and classy host with an accesible sense of a humor. Not that he won't take a jab at someone when the occasion (or his script) demands, of course.


Some humorous, generally mild references to violence, mostly as they relate to the day's current events.


Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to S&M and use of terms like “ramrod." Occasionally, sex scandals and other current events are discussed.


Words like “damn” and “hell” are audible.


The series is a promotional vehicle for comedians, musicians, actors, and other performers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to drinking.

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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Kids say

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.

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TV details

Cast:Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old January 5, 2010


The Jay Leno Show (Rated TV-14, Comedy, Starring Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Where to watch: NBC, Online) how these language cannot be for children who is under 8 or 9.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great role models
Parent of a 14 year old Written bysilasays December 22, 2009

Not for tweens...

I myself enjoy this show, but sometimes, there are just too many sexual references for me to deem this show acceptable for a child under the age of 14!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviefan101 November 6, 2009


The Jay Leno show is hilarious. My favorive segments are: 1. Headlines 2. Ghosting 3. Green Car Challenge 4. Jim Norton: Uninvited Guest 5. Beer Pong Shot of the Day 6. Great White Moments In Black History 7. Mugshot of the Day 8. Jaywalking 9. Battle of the Jaywalk all-stars 10. Back To school products 11. Monolouge This Show is so funny I laugh for hours on end


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