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 late-night show, hosted by Scottish-born comedian Craig Ferguson, offers lots of fun but adult-oriented humor. Expect a fair bit of sexual innuendo and salty language (words like “ass," "damn," and “hell” are audible, while stronger words are bleeped). Ferguson is a recovering alcoholic and occasionally talks about his addiction (and his sobriety). Episodes have also included serious discussions about topics like the death of his parents and becoming a naturalized citizen. Note: Most teens who watch late-night shows like this check them out on a "time-shift" basis via DVR or online clips, rather than at the original 11:30 p.m.-or-later air time -- which is better for their sleep habits!
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What's the story?
Hosted by Scottish-American comedian Craig Ferguson, THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON is a late night talk/comedy show anchored by Ferguson's personable monologues and wacky comedy sketches, many of which are enhanced by puppets and/or computer graphics. Audience members are occasionally invited to participate in the on-stage fun, and interviews with actors, musicians, and other well-known celebs round out the entertainment.
Is it any good?
The Late Late Show, which was previously hosted by Tom Snyder and Craig Kilborn, offers the typical lighthearted fare that viewers hve come to expect from late-night entertainment. Ferguson’s easygoing manner makes the pacing of the segments seem a bit slower than other late-night comedy programs, and the absence of an in-house band also takes away a little of the show's punch.
Despite these details, Ferguson’s observations about life in America, paired with his Scottish charm, make the show fun to watch. His willingness to share very personal details about his life -- including the death of his father, his battle with addiction, and his excitement about becoming an American citizen -- also gives the show a lot of heart. Overall, it may not be the most flamboyant late-night option, but it has successfully found its way into many night owls' hearts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a late-night TV talk show successful. Is it the host? The jokes? The guests?
How do late-night shows influence other areas of the media?
What are the differences between American-style humor and European-style humor? Which do you like better?
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