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 talk show, hosted by comedian Mo’Nique, offers culturally specific humor intended to appeal to an African-American audience. It contains some of host’s risqué humor and some iffy language (“hell,” “damn”). But it also includes lots of positive and empowering messages about women and the African-American culture. The show also underscores the importance of giving back to the community.
What's the story?
THE MO’NIQUE SHOW is a late night talk and variety show hosted by actress/comedian Mo’Nique. In between celebrity interviews and musical guest performances, the show features comedy skits performed by the expressive host and the show’s announcer, Rodney Perry. Musical numbers are performed by show’s in-house band, Big Jim’s Penthouse Players, while D.J. Ant Love, the resident DJ, also spins some tunes.
Is it any good?
The series, which is filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, sets itself apart from other late-night talk shows by featuring culturally specific humor intended to appeal to African-American audiences. While it features popular figures like Steve Harvey and Ludacris, the show also goes out of its way to introduce audiences to up-and-coming talent. It also places great importance on the contributions guests have made to the overall community.
Much of the show’s positive energy comes from the Oscar award-winning host (for her role in Precious), who uses the show as an overall platform to celebrate African-American culture. The fact that she is one of the few females (African-American or otherwise) to successfully host a late night talk show also makes her stand out. Overall, the show is a positive contribution to television’s late-night lineup.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how television can be used to send positive messages about a community and/or culture. Do you think talk shows are an appropriate format to send these messages? Why or why not? Is it a talk show host's job to be a positive role model?
Why are there so few female late-night hosts on TV today? Do you think that late-night shows hosted by women are very different from those hosted by men? Why or why not? Do you think a host's gender is directly linked to the success or failure of the TV show they are hosting?
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