Parents' Guide to

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fallon brings a younger vibe to classic talk-show format.

TV NBC Comedy 2014
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

My review of the Tonight Show

It is funny at times,but there are very mean jokes about anyone and everything even on religion! Definitely not for kids nor sensitive teens/ adults. Everyone can get easily confused and offended by the remarks of the guests and the jokes of the host. Some games are good, the show can be very violent at times ( men hitting each other really hard),dangerous snakes on the show,excessive drinking from the host. Guests don't educate people on anything, they say useless things, except the scientists and those that run foundations. There is a lot of yelling on the show. Format has to be changed to focus on games (singing contests),skits, interviews to highly educated people,contests on who can win a car or a great vacation,etc and no talk at all about politics.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 12+

Jay Leno set the standard

Jay Leno was told by Johnny Carson one thing when taking the tonight show, and that was to never get political because the moment you do, you cut your audience in half. Jimmy Fallon decided it was okay to turn the tonight show into politics. Since I was 8 I’d watch the tonight show every night and now I never watch it because it’s pure politics. That’s not why I would watch,I watch to hear humor and to relax my day but Fallon has forever tainted the legacy there tonight show holds.

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Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (15 ):

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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