The Late Late Show with James Corden

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Affable British host garners laughs in talk/comedy show.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Corden and his guests often poke fun at themselves and at each other, but it's all in good humor and never meant to be hurtful. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Corden is a self-deprecating and gracious host whose comedy usually isn't snarky or mean. Guests are good sports in skits and games. 


Passing references to sexual attraction and nudity, as when a guest talks about baring his backside for a movie scene.


"Ass" and "butt."  


Many of the guests visit the show to promote upcoming projects on-screen or in music. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Late Late Show with James Corden offers plenty of laughs but is meant for older teens and adults who can both relate to the comedy and handle infrequent adult-oriented content. As with most late-night shows, it's always difficult to predict what the host and/or guests will say at any given moment. There are references to sexual attraction and nudity, plus some salty language such as "ass." That said, the host's comedy style is decidedly more congenial and lighthearted than many of the other late-night hosts, suggesting the content might follow suit. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLillian85 June 6, 2019
Adult Written byT E. January 4, 2018


Not funny, don't watch
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 28, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byShadrach June 7, 2019

What's the story?

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN is the continuation of the franchise previously hosted by Craig Ferguson. British comedian and host James Corden welcomes celebrities and musical guests to the comedy/talk show and often incorporates them in funny sketches and games. The show opens with a monologue in which Corden comments on current events and his acclimation to life in America, and a house band led by Reggie Watts provides music and some comical banter with the host and guests. 

Is it any good?

Corden puts a gleeful new face to this established show, and his enthusiasm is infectious for those who watch. His comedy style is neither snarky nor condescending, and he shows that he's as willing to be the brunt of a joke as he is to get laughs at someone else's expense. The skits are clever and incorporate celebrities in unpredictable ways, yielding lots of laughs.

The most noticeable difference between The Late Late Show and other late-night offerings is the dual-interview format that sees both of the night's guests seated side by side on the couch and Corden next to them on a chair, rather than behind a more traditional desk. This sets a more congenial atmosphere and lets the celebrities to feed off each other's comments and jokes. It also allows for a longer interview, which is a welcome change when the interplay is going well but could be a hindrance if the guests don't already have a rapport with each other. Ultimately, though, Corden proves he's worthy of the spot and likely won't disappoint late-night comedy fans. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Corden's appeal as the show's host. Does he bring something new to the late-night format? Can he compete with more established names such as Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon

  • Are late-night talk/comedy shows a viable source of news? Do people treat them like they are? Is media bias a concern worth considering in processing what you see on TV? 

  • Do the celebrity guests seem to enjoy being on shows such as this one? Do you think they're being themselves, or are these interviews just another act? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 23, 2015
  • Cast: James Corden
  • Network: CBS
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 29, 2020

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