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The World According to Jeff Goldblum
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What 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.
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What's the story?
Hosted by erudite celebrity Jeff Goldblum, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JEFF GOLDBLUM turns its lens on a different idiosyncratic topic each week: stylish sneakers, ice cream, denim, tattoos. Through visits with practitioners of modern arts like ice cream flavor creation and the designing of expensive basketball shoes, Goldblum pokes into why some things are the way they are -- and why we should care.
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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Families can talk about why Jeff Goldblum got to make a show about his interests. What about this celebrity's reputation or history makes him a suitable TV host? Would a nonfamous person be able to make a show like this? Why or why not?
Documentary series often purport to find out some truth, or at least look for it. How does The World According to Jeff Goldblum fit with that mold? How does the presence of a camera affect how people interact? How does editing change "reality"? Can you really believe what you see?
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