A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Everyone’s got a story to tell. We all deserve to be heard.
Positive Role Models
This varies from episode to episode. Each of the guests has some admirable quality or experience, and some may be perceived as role models.
Over the course of the series, various ethnicities are reflected, from the hosts, to the guests, to the actors in the reenactments. Stories are told with respect.
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Sporadic negative language includes "friggin'," "son of a bitch," and "badass." One instance of profanity is bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
This varies from episode to episode. One features heavy drinking as rowdy fans tailgate before a football game and characters hang out in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that True Story with Ed and Randall is a star-studded comedy, hosted by Ed Helms and Randall Park, that takes the unique stories of regular people and turns them into biopics. It presents as a talk show or interview that features dramatic (or in this case, comedic) reenactments. This is a mostly family-friendly show that may have mild areas of concern -- like drinking, language, and violence -- that vary from episode to episode. For example, the first episode showcases some excessive drinking from rowdy football fans. Overall, the show reminds us that we all have a story to tell.
Is It Any Good?
The unique premise of this show takes the half-hour comedy to a new level -- True Story with Ed and Randall is engaging in more ways than one. With two funny hosts, incredible stories that will have you cracking up or tearing up, and a celebrity lineup to bring the stories to life, there is something for everyone in the family in each episode. Ed and Randall are perfect hosts for the gig, as they bring their own humor to the interviews and are also natural and laid back enough to laugh at and with their guests. After all, they know nothing about the stories before the guests fill them in, so they are often as surprised as viewers are. The guests range from extroverted to unassuming, but all are engaging in their own way and bring diversity of identity and lived experiences to the show.
At the surface, Peacock has delivered another winning comedy. Beyond the surface, they've provided another opportunity (and a very timely opportunity) for people to connect with and relate to others through the magic of storytelling, while emphasizing the notion that everyone's got something to share.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.