A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series uses humor to discuss current events and takes a decidedly liberal stance on an array of issues.
Positive Role Models
Bell offers edgy, smart, and politically left comments about the world and maintains an appealing humility throughout the process.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is discussed as it relates to current events, stereotypes about certain people, and popular culture.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally features images of women in skimpy outfits, which sometimes show the sides of women's breasts. References are also made to sexual acts and inappropriate sexual behavior in the context of news commentary.
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The word "pissed" is visible in the opening credits; the word "s--t" is sometimes audible. Racial epithets like the "N" word and "cracker" are frequently used.
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Products & Purchases
Publications and items from event like Comic Con and other popular culture events are sometimes featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, and the consumption of illegal drugs are sometimes discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Totally Biased is a late-night talk show featuring comedian W. Kamau Bell's trademark sharp humor as he discusses various (and often controversial) subjects. It contains some strong language ("pissed," "s--t"), racial epithets (including the "N" word), and sexual references. There are lots of discussions about race/ethnicity and other issues that are potentially empowering, but their significance may not be easily understood by younger or less mature viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Totally Biased contains some edgy -- but entertaining -- discussions about some controversial issues with a liberal bent. But while it generates some laughs, it lacks some of the high-quality writing and well-timed comments that cable shows like The Daily Show and Real Time With Bill Maher are known for. As a result, some of the humor falls a little flat, while other moments are just plain awkward.
It's not as risqué as some other late-night cable talk shows, but the host's unapologetically blunt discussions about race and ethnicity (which is sometimes punctuated by the use of the "N" word) may make some viewers uncomfortable. Nonetheless, the series is a platform for discussing these issues from a point of view that some feel is ignored by the media. There are some empowering messages here, but they will likely be best appreciated by more mature viewers.
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