A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show is all about fun, but kids will learn a little about performers -- both the hosts and the guests.
Some positive messages when hosts interview guests, but much of the show revolves around silly games that don't have a message one way or the other.
Positive Role Models
Tween hosts are positive and upbeat, and also very talented performers. Interview guests are also kid-friendly celebrities.
The four main kid hosts come from varied racial backgrounds, and also engage in some counter-stereotypically gendered behaviors. Guests across episodes represent different groups as well.
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Very mild rude-ish language like "freaks," "oh my gosh," and potty-related humor.
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Products & Purchases
Like adult talk shows, the shows' guests come on to "plug" their various media and product related projects. Brands are mentioned by name, though they are not featured egregiously.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kids Tonight Show is a kid-friendly version of The Tonight Show. Executive produced by Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, this kids' talk show is hosted by four tween performers. Like its grown-up counterpart, celebrity guests appear on the show to plug their various media projects and product launches. Brands are mentioned by name, but not egregiously promoted. There's infrequent mildly rude language like "freaks" and "oh my gosh," as well as potty-focused humor. Otherwise, the show is full of silly family-friendly fun.
Is It Any Good?
It's unlikely any kids out there were actually clamoring for a late-night show, but this spin-off definitely brings a silly party to the genre. In The Kids Tonight Show, hosts are polished showbiz professionals who still manage to act relatively natural and have great chemistry with each other. The show has funny physical games in the vein of '90s Nickelodeon game shows that are sure to make kids giggle. Celebrity interviews, the most boring parts of adults' late-night shows, are mercifully short. The celebrity guests will be especially interesting to kids that are tuned-in to kid pop culture (i.e., of the Disney and Nickelodeon variety). Grown-ups might wish the stars were a little less self-promotional, but otherwise The Kids Tonight Show is a fun watch for kids and tweens.
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