The Wendy Williams Experience

 
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NYC shock jock brings trashy talk show to TV.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Williams often "gay" as an insult, repeatedly calling other stars gay and euphemistically asking callers if they're gay. Part of the fawning culture of celebrity.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Almost every conversation Williams has is imbued with sexual innuendo, and she "helps" callers with their sexual dysfunctions. She grills celebrity guests about their sex lives, and her sidekick has made masturbation-related comments in regards to stars' pictures. References to body parts.

Language

"Ass," "bitch," "damn," etc.

Consumerism

Celeb guests pitch upcoming products/projects. Some logos visible in background of red-carpet segments.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this talk show-reality TV hybrid brings shock jock Wendy Williams' raunchy radio broadcasts to TV. Her shows include chats with celebrities in which Williams dissects their sex lives, as well as a question-and-answer period in which listeners with sexual issues call in for her advice. Voyeuristic and shallow, the show doesn't really offer anything worthwhile for viewers of any age.

What's the story?

In THE WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE, the loud-mouthed Manhattan radio talk show host brings her controversial, confrontational segments to TV. In each episode, which also airs on New York City radio station WBLS, the brash Williams interviews celebrity guests who have upcoming projects to pitch, stakes out stars as they walk the week's red carpets, and takes calls from viewers with personal problems to solve. The central theme of all of it is sex, which Williams and her crew can't seem to stop talking about.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Avid listeners of Williams' radio show will undoubtedly enjoy seeing the host interact with her guests, rather than just imagining it. But those expecting a celebrity-focused gossip show will be sorely disappointed. Williams' shtick is often too crude to be funny, and the constant sex talk means that this is definitely one for mature viewers only.

Need examples? Here's a rundown of part of just one episode: First, Williams talked to rapper Ice-T and his wife, Coco, who was promoting her new semi-nude calendar. As Williams flipped through the pictures, her sidekick, Charlemagne, commented "I would masturbate to that." Later on, a male caller who'd been sleeping with his stepfather asked Williams what he should do about the situation, and another listener called to say that she was contemplating cheating on her boyfriend because, as Williams put it, he had a "puny penis." In the last segment, Williams introduced Phat Farm designer Russell Simmons, who's separated from his wife but still sees her regularly, and asked him if they're still having sex.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about shock radio. What is it about DJs like Williams and Howard Stern that listeners find so funny? Are the radio segments as funny/shocking when they're aired on TV? Why or why not? Why do you think celebrities, callers, and other guests submit themselves to shows like Williams'? What do they get out of their appearances? Do you think they know what they're in for?

TV details

Cast:Wendy Williams
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Adult Written bykismet April 9, 2008
 

I LOVE WENDY!!!

If you dont know who Wendy Williams is by now then you MUST be living under a rock! She is the all-time Queen of Media and all that that implies... Ppl who complain about her content kill me...I mean when you look at the trash thats on tv these days I find Wendy and her talk/radio show VERY refreshing. When I talk with my girlfriends, its stuff Wendys talking about. When I talk to my boyfriend, Its stuff Wendys talking about-if I talk to my MOTHER then its probally something that was discussed on Wendy! Her focus is NOT always on sex-however like art imitates life whats usually at the topic of convesation socially? Fun conversation anyway. And thats what The Experience offers, a FUN time! This is not newsradio-(although she stays mindful of current events and hot topics)This is drive time de-stress the day away banter. For adults, or the adult minded. I hate when ppl say off things about Wendy. Ms. wendy you go! Do you! Howard Stern once said something like the avereage person who likes the show listens a few times a week--ppl who "hate" the show listen EVERY DAY! Hypocrites! Get those ratings girl I know you love me for listening and you'll love me more for watching :)!
Kid, 10 years old November 28, 2011
 

What is this rated 13+ 17+ 18+ or X

What is this? tell me if it's rated PG-13, R, NC-17, or X
Parent of a 14 and 16 year old Written byaeiou September 26, 2011
 

Junk TV at it's finest

The small bit I've seen I don't like. To make matters worse, for some reason, the parental block I have set for this show doesn't work as the station does not appear to be sending the parental info. Comes on just as my 13 year old daughter comes home from school when I am not there. This is a program for after 10 PM. Junk TV at it's finest.

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