The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Second coming of Colbert has language, edgy humor.

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Positive Messages

Since the show focuses on the news of the day, viewers may learn more about the news and consider what events mean and how they impact others. Jokes often tackle ticklish topics like religion, sexuality, racism, and politics. Humor can be mocking and rude as well as sensitive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Klepper takes on the persona of a commenter who is not satisfied with liberal (or even sometimes conservative) viewpoints, which can make viewers consider where on the political spectrum they fall. It may also encourage arguing and polarization. 

Violence

Occasional faux-serious threats like "I'll kick your ass." 

Sex

Humor may occasionally touch on topics connected with body parts or sexuality, like on one episode when Klepper says there's "no in and no out" on a Ken doll. 

Language

Cursing and strong language includes "son of a bitch," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "s--t" (bleeped), "f--k" (bleeped). 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Punchlines may mention drugs, drinking, and smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper is a satirical news show that digs into the events of the day and pokes fun at both liberal and conservative points of view. Understanding that host Klepper is often being ironic requires a relatively sophisticated sense of humor; parents may also be concerned that some of the news topics covered on the show -- war, disease, sexuality, religion, marginalized people -- may be disturbing or confusing to young viewers. Humor can be rude, discussing sex, body parts, drinking, drugs, and smoking. Cursing and strong language includes "son of a bitch," "hell," "damn," "a--hole," "s--t" (bleeped), and "f--k" (bleeped). Parents of a political or newsy bent may enjoy watching with tweens and tweens and discussing what they've seen afterward. 

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Adult Written byThorbjørn K. January 2, 2018

Colberts second coming

Funny, intelligent, idiotic in the best way possible.

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What's the story?

After holding down a three-year spot on The Daily Show, the host of THE OPPOSITION W/ JORDAN KLEPPER has announced that his tenure on the left-leaning Daily Show was in reality a spy operation -- and having gotten a mole's-eye view into the heart of the liberal mainstream media, Klepper is now ready to reveal his "true" conservative orientation. Join him and his cast of talking-head correspondents every weekday for his late-night takedown of fake news, paid protestors, and people in the news who have a thing or two to learn -- from Klepper, of course. 

Is it any good?

Klepper is a solid faux-conservative host, and a funny look at the news of the day is always welcome, but this show is in the old Colbert time slot and has Colbert's slant -- but it ain't Colbert. If The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper had taken a different tack other than "angry ironic arch-conservative takes on silly liberals," it wouldn't invite the comparison, but it does -- and it's just not as funny as the Report of old. Still, it's fun, and if you're not ready for bed yet after The Daily Show, you'll be entertained (just?) enough to stop yourself from snapping off the TV for one more half-hour. Chief amongst the show's pleasures is Klepper's six-strong cadre of "Citizen Journalists," in reality a bunch of improv comics culled from Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City who represent talking-head media types. 

The Opposition also has some decent gag writers on staff. "Donald Trump is an open book to me," says Klepper about the recklessly tweeting President. "A book that can be told in 140 characters or less." Later, in a discussion of NFL players taking a knee when the National Anthem is played, Klepper admits that "As a white guy, I feel more comfortable talking about flags and America than I do talking about any race stuff." If laughing (instead of crying) over the headlines of today is the entertainment you prefer, The Opposition may have what you need. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which various news talk shows like The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper have influenced the way Americans gather information. Are talking-head TV personalities like Chris Matthews, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Keith Olbermann journalists, or merely talk show hosts?

  • To what extent is the line between journalist and talk show host blurring in the modern media? (For example, could one person's opinion easily be misconstrued as fact?)

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For kids who love topical comedy

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