The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Furry friend hosts delightful, family-friendly talk show.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Some gentle social-emotional lessons about teamwork, etc. 

Positive Messages

Elmo and his guests have fun, are always nice to each other. The whole crew works together to solve problems backstage as they produce the show. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elmo is friendly, a good listener, full of curiosity. His parents are kind and supportive, and the various guests are talented.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo is a late-night show for kids and families hosted by Sesame Street's Elmo. The lively red puppet interviews celebrities, accompanied by sidekick Cookie Monster and an all-Muppet band. The show is part of Elmo's night-time routine, so it often includes evening rituals like brushing teeth or a dance break to get all the wiggles out that kids can do with him. The interviews are short and sweet, and guests often sing a song, while other Muppets like Zoe and Abby Cadabby deal with backstage issues, not unlike The Muppet Show. This is a fun series for bedtime (or anytime) for fans of Elmo and his crew. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMartyDX July 23, 2020
Adult Written byLebron12James3 June 14, 2020

Modern masterpiece

This show is a godsend and I recommend everyone to watch it.
Teen, 17 years old Written byI am a superhero fan July 28, 2020

We love Elmo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe the dogcat guy saying that this is a bad show! He hasn’t even watched it
Teen, 13 years old Written byCupcake Sparkles June 15, 2020

Elmo is amazing

Elmo is the best!

What's the story?

THE NOT-TOO-LATE SHOW WITH ELMO stars Sesame Street's Elmo as the host of his own talk show. After dinner in the kitchen, Elmo goes into the living room, where he interviews celebrities, plays games, and sings -- all after he's made sure it's OK with his parents, of course. Cookie Monster plays the Ed McMahon-esque sidekick role, and the audience is a blend of adults, kids, and colorful monsters. Much like another Muppet-manned production, The Muppet Show, backstage antics are frequent, and familiar puppets like Abby Cadabby and Zoe work as stagehands, while Bert and Ernie monitor the control room. At the end of each episode, Elmo sings a ballad about the show's events.

Is it any good?

Who would have thought that this excitable red critter would be the perfect host for a late-night TV show? Elmo is great at banter with the guests, and the content is extremely family-friendly, especially for the preschool set. Kids can play along to the "silly dance" break, while parents will enjoy fun guests like John Mulaney and Kacey Musgraves. The interviews don't contain the usual jokes and promotions late-night guests provide, but that just means they're full of surprises, like a toothbrushing song from the Jonas Brothers. These 20-minute episodes could become part of a family's evening wind-down, but they're fun to watch anytime, and little ones will love having a "late night" experience that's way before parents' bedtime. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Elmo. What do you think has made him such a popular character? What's it like to watch him interact with human celebrities in The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo

  • Elmo's parents are kind and supportive of his talk show dreams. Talk about what it means to support someone in their hobbies or interests. What are some things you like to do before going to bed? 

  • What kinds of questions would you ask your favorite celebrity? What makes an interesting question? 

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