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Both show and host demonstrate eager curiosity in poking into why things are the way they are, ruminating on why it matters.
Positive Role Models
Goldblum doesn't take himself or his show too seriously, refers to his "childlike sense of wonder" in show's opening montage, gets excited about stuff like denim jeans and ice cream. In photos and voice-overs, he shares anecdotes about his childhood, how they developed into his adult quirky interests. Watch out for occasional fat shaming, like when he says you want to "Eat the Chunky Monkey, not become the chunky monkey."
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes may delve into mildly uncomfortable areas -- e.g., an ice cream is made from pig's blood that Goldblum smells and tastes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One episode shows an undraped Statue of David (nude).
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Products & Purchases
Many episodes delve into brands: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Adidas sneakers. We see what they make and talk about the companies and their history.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World According to Jeff Goldblum is a documentary series with a different pop culture focus on each episode. The show is largely free of mature content, with no language, sex, drinking, drugs, or smoking, and only the mildest of violence or scariness, like an ice cream maker who uses pig's blood to make an ice cream and presents Goldblum with a cup of it to sniff. Goldblum is an eccentric and interesting host, and the show travels to many different places and interviews many different subjects to ask questions about why things are the way they are. Goldblum demonstrates curiosity and isn't embarrassed to geek out over his interests. He does occasionally stray into judgmental language, such as when he says eating too much ice cream can turn you into a "chunky monkey" and you don't want to be that. Many brands make an appearance on the show, with the people behind the brand talking about what they do.
Is It Any Good?
Quirky, kinda weird, and eclectic like its celebrity host, this documentary series takes a short dive into a number of interesting topics and winds up in some exceedingly interesting places. Goldblum is a well-known Hollywood oddball, and set loose to improv reactions and interstitial dialogue, he's a kick: He may ramble on with an anecdote about his uncle's college, or take off down a beach singing "Tomorrow." But there's a sharp mind at work here, and it's interesting to watch him sit down with Ben & Jerry's Ben and Jerry to investigate the primal pull of ice cream, or ramble gamely through an Oregon forest to forage for ingredients for a Goldblum-themed ice cream with Salt & Straw flavor maven Tyler Malek.
There are moments of surprising depth, too, when our host astutely connects bits of pop culture detritus to something deeper. Riffing on ice cream's tendency to make us recall happy childhood memories, Goldblum points out that the nostalgia that ice cream can inspire can make us feel connected to the people we care about, past and present, and that when going through tough times, it can give us comfort too. Pretty heady food for thought -- and The World According to Jeff Goldblum will give viewers plenty to chew on.
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