The New Yorker Presents
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Iconic magazine successfully puts content in video form.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Social issues, arts, culture are explored with a keen eye.
Positive Role Models
Acclaimed artists and professionals are profiled. Stories about people, good and not-so-good.
Violence & Scariness
Works explore racial violence, 9/11, guns, wrestling, death, and so on.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo; nudity (as art). A person shown urinating.
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Curses such as "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Restaurant, chefs, cities featured. It's a promotion for the New Yorker magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, cocktails sometimes featured. References to meth labs, drug use, addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The New Yorker Presents is a series based on the award-winning publication of the same name. It explores issues ranging from race-related violence and guns to the work of painters, chefs, performers, and more. There's some sexual innuendo, nudity, and cursing, but all this is offered within the context of the artistic or literary work being interpreted for the camera. Older teens who like intellectually oriented or art-house-style works will be interested, but much of what is featured here probably won't appeal to younger kids.
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Videos and Photos
The New Yorker Presents
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What's the Story?
Based on the content of the renowned New Yorker magazine, THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS is a unique series that brings to life many of the literary and artistic works featured in the magazine over the years. Each 30-minute installment offers short films and documentaries, and readings of literary works created by critically acclaimed filmmakers, writers, and artists. Sketches starring actors such as Alan Cumming and Paul Giamatti and the work of Roz Chast and other cartoonists published in the magazine are also featured.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a visual cornucopia of narratives, all of which say something about political and social issues, arts, and culture in America. Giving it much of its richness are the in-depth profiles of people it has spotlighted, including renowned performance artist Marina Abramović, underground Los Angeles chef Craig Thornton, and Cassandro, a gay star of Mexican lucha libre wrestling.
Some of the selections are delightfully entertaining, while other works will leave you thinking more about the world around you and the people in it. No doubt that fans of the magazine will enjoy the visual interpretations of the literary articles and modern fiction they've read over the years, but you don't have to be a reader to appreciate the amount of delicious food for thought it offers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the New Yorker magazine. Did you know this magazine has been in circulation since 1925? Even though it focuses on life in New York City, what makes it popular with audiences across America?
Is it possible to make a film or documentary based on a written story or interview and not make changes to the story? Why, or why not?
- Premiere date: February 16, 2016
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: July 30, 2022
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