A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most everything is up for mockery -- from celebrities and pop culture to politicians -- but Fallon's jokes rarely have any real bite.
Positive Role Models
Fallon is an incredibly sweet host who seems to genuinely enjoy his job. He's musical, funny, and creative and has real chemistry with his guests, whom he treats with respect and flattery. Jokes usually have a gently absurd, rather than unkind, edge. Guests include actors, politicians, athletes, and comedians.
Violence & Scariness
Some skits and segments feature slapstick humor. Jokes might refer to violent acts, though it's mostly done with levity.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fallon and his guests sometimes make suggestive comments, some less subtle than others.
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The language stays pretty mild overall, though some jokes can be slightly racy.
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Products & Purchases
Guests include actors, musicians, politicians, and other well-known people, most of whom are promoting something.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some jokes and interviews include references to drinking and drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Tonight Show, like most late-night talk shows, is aimed at adults rather than kids. Though there's no explicit sex, violence, swearing, or drugs, there are plenty of jokes and stories about all of the above. The host and his guests are adults talking to adults, and kids are unlikely to understand many of the comments -- and, given the show's late-night time slot, they should probably be asleep anyway (though that doesn't mean they won't catch up via DVR or online clips, of course). Each show's appropriateness largely depends on the guests being featured that night, and, though Fallon is a sweet and silly host, topics may veer into areas parents would rather kids not explore, though his antics give his show more kid and teen appeal than most gabfests.
Is It Any Good?
Jay Leno maintained impressive ratings throughout his late-night tenure, but his gentle jibes about the topical matters and celebrity foibles were always more popular with Baby Boomers than younger viewers. Thus NBC seems to be courting a younger crowd by replacing Leno with Fallon, whose stock in trade on his own late-night show were what became viral video phenoms, such as the History of Rap series with Justin Timberlake or the hard-hitting look at the Evolution of Mom Dancing with Michelle Obama.
Fallon's showman's razzle-dazzle zeal is also unique among talk-show hosts and is evident in his sit-ins with The Roots, as well as long-running gags such as dance contests with celebs including Sam Rockwell and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But all in all, his show is largely a continuation of The Tonight Show that came before: a comfortable digestion of the day's events that's there when you need it, missable when you gotta get to bed early, but always a reliable source of at least a few chuckles.
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