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Truth & Iliza
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Truth & Iliza is a talk show that features themes ranging from current political issues to tabloid news. Jokes often contain drinking and drug references and sexual innuendo, and images of people getting sick or being topless (with private parts blacked out) also are shown. Parodies also feature some pushing, shoving, and yelling. There's some occasional rough language ("damn," "bitch"), and celebrity guests plug their books, TV shows, and other endeavors. There's some silliness, but it also offers some smart social commentary.
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What's the story?
TRUTH & ILIZA, a talk show hosted by comic Iliza Shlesinger, explores current social themes of the day. From discussions about Twitter trolling to parodies that poke fun at the way some women refuse to eat whole meals at restaurants, it humorously addresses a wide range of topics that are contributing to the way we understand the world. Adding to the experience are interviews with guest stars such as Mayim Bialik and a "theme queen of the week," a drag queen dressed to represent that show's topic.
Is it any good?
This lighthearted and funny series, inspired by Shlesinger's podcast, uses her trademark comedy style to address key issues that affect our everyday lives. But unlike many other talk shows that seek to do the same thing, it manages to do so without being preachy or polarizing.
There are lots of silly moments, but many of them soon reveal themselves to be smart ways of addressing topics such as body dysmorphia, anti-immigration policies, and sexism without being overbearing. Truth & Iliza is easy to laugh at but also feels clever.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about comedy. Who decides if something is funny? Can jokes ever go too far? Do you think Truth & Iliza is a funny show?
What is the difference between a simple comedy and a parody? Is this the same as satire? How does Truth & Iliza distinguish one comedy format from the other?