We Have Issues

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Debate-style news and pop culture show is funny, crass.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Pop culture, celebrity news, tabloid-type issues are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts trade insults but respect each other.

Violence

Lots of playful bickering, mild arguing.

 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo; mentions of body parts. On one occasion Lederman exposes her bra/partial (side) breasts.

 

Language

“Bitch," "t-ts," "d--k," bleeped cursing.

Consumerism

Plugs for guest celeb books, upcoming shows, and the like.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to pot, cocaine, being high, drunk. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We Have Issues is a pop culture-themed debate-style talk show that features iffy language ("bitch," "d-ck"; bleeped curses), strong innuendo, and references to drugs, getting high, and getting drunk. There's lots of humorous banter between the hosts, but some of this is more crass than witty. It's best suited for older teens who like this sort of thing.

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What's the story?

WE HAVE ISSUES is a comedy debate series that discusses the week's key moments in popular culture. Hosts Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman give different opinions on their favorite pop culture topics, which range from celebrities acting particularly strange that week to various people in the tabloids. From talking about Jessica Simpson's appearance on a home-shopping channel to looking at Twitter subtweet attacks on political candidates, actors, and others in the limelight, the duo lives it up by offering their thoughts and various spins on today's celebrity issues. Occasional skits round out the show. Comedians such as Tom Green and Guy Branum listen to them debate each topic and then determine the winner of each argument. At the end of the episode, the guest referee gets to choose the host with the best arguments overall for that episode.

Is it any good?

This irreverent series offers lighthearted conversations about a broad range of pop culture topics in hopes of generating laughs from studio and TV audiences. Though celebrities are central to most of the conversations, there are some spirited discussions about political pundits and other personalities who are making the news that week.

Nothing is discussed in depth, and there are a lot of moments that are more crass than funny. Some of the banter gets a little long at times. But if you like tabloid-style entertainment such as The Soup, you'll probably find yourself chuckling here and there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of popular culture-themed series and tabloid shows. Why do folks like to hear gossip about their favorite celebrities? What is it that makes them interesting, even if what they're doing is mundane? Do these shows ever go too far when talking about the celebs? Who makes those determinations?

TV details

For kids who love pop culture

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