The Wil Wheaton Project

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi roundup series is funniest for host's fellow "geeks."

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Positive Messages

The show is a collection of jokes at the expense of the worst (as the host sees it, that is) sci-fi and horror shows and movies. In some cases, low production value and second-rate acting are fodder for laughs as well. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wheaton isn't out to be any kind of role model here. His goal is to make you laugh, and he does it by picking apart other people's work. The implication is that he (or anyone else, for that matter) could do a better job. When it's warranted, he will give credit to work well done, but that's not the show's focus.


Many TV and movie clips are violent and bloody, depending on the respective program's content. In any given episode, you might see stabbings, shootings, decapitation, dismemberment, flesh-eating zombies, and exploding human bodies. There also are ghosts, monsters, aliens, witches (the Wiccan kind, not the pointy-hat kind), and any number of other paranormal beings.


Bedroom scenes are brief but do show naked couples kissing and fondling each other. Bare backsides are visible, but most frontal nudity is obscured. The host mentions an unrequited desire to see boobs in sexy scenes. 


Occasional use of "bitch," "dammit," "hell," and "ass." "F--k" in all its forms is edited. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wil Wheaton Project is a comedy-clips show focused on the sci-fi genre. Because the content of the featured shows and movies changes each week, it's impossible to predict what you'll see from one episode to the next. Some clips are bloody and violent with stabbings, shootings, and dismemberment; others deal with supernatural creatures such as zombies and aliens. Language is another wild card; "bitch," "dammit," and "ass" are fair game, and only "f--k" is edited. Couples are shown naked in the bedroom, but frontal nudity is mostly obscured, so shadows and outlines are the most you'll see of the most sensitive areas.

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What's the story?

Self-proclaimed "nerd enthusiast" Wil Wheaton sums up the highs and lows in sci-fi and fantasy entertainment in THE WIL WHEATON PROJECT. The show's rapid-fire segments run the gamut from creating '80s-style theme songs for modern-day horror shows to bidding a welcome adieu to canceled series, with Wheaton and drop-in guests such as Chris Hardwick taking shots at the programs, their casts, and their (lack of) production value.

Is it any good?

If the so-called "geek genre" is your thing, then THE WIL WHEATON PROJECT deserves a place on your watch list. The prolific actor takes comical pot shots at targets including X-Men, The Walking Dead, and Salem, always with lightning-quick commentary and a jovial delivery that reflects his obvious exuberance for the subject matter. Wheaton stops short of pushing any boundaries here, but if you're invested in the subject matter, you'll find plenty to chuckle over.

Make no mistake about it: This is mindless entertainment. It takes precious little mental effort to follow Wheaton's string of zingers, and the show's rapid pace between clips and sketches is no challenge for the attention span. The good news for The Wil Wheaton Project is that even if you don't get every genre reference, you're not likely to be bored because the zingers just keep coming. And, as a result, so will the fans. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of shows like this one. Can the act of mocking another person's work be considered an art form? Is any of this content meant to be harmful or offensive? 

  • Fans of this genre proudly refer to themselves as "nerds" and/or "geeks." How does this use of these terms illustrate how words can mean different things in different contexts? What other current terms fit this bill? Who gets to decide when they're appropriate and when they're not? 

  • Teens: Did any of these clips tempt you to tune into a new series or movie? Do you think this was an intentional move? To what degree are your habits swayed by what you see and hear in the media? 

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