Wilmore

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Comedy news show explores current events, has profanity.

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Positive Messages

Wilmore is a comedy/news show that also promotes voter turnout, activism, and addresses other ways people can make a difference in their communities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wilmore and his guests are insightful, relatable, and funny on complex issues. Many of his guests are accomplished in their fields, and range from congressmen to activists to professional actors and athletes.

Violence

Violence is discussed in various ways on Wilmore, from jokes to descriptions of police brutality. Violence is sometimes shown in brief news clips.

Sex

Sexual content is limited to guests making suggestive jokes about sex.

Language

Profanity and racially sensitive language is used throughot, including "f--k," "s--t,", "motherf--ker," and "nigga."

Consumerism

Guests sometimes promote other shows, usually also on Peacock.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jokes are frequently made about drug use and people on drugs, including heroin and crack. Drugs and drinking may come up in interviews with guests.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wilmore is a news-based comedy and variety show that discusses relevant topics in the lead-up to the 2020 election. Larry Wilmore is a comedy writer, former Daily Show correspondent, and former host of The Nightly Show. He addresses topics such as protesting, voter suppression, and police misconduct. Guests range from activists and politicians to comedians and athletes. The show digs into these complex topics from multiple angles, and humor is used to discuss serious issues throughout. Profanity is used throughout the show and includes "f--k," "s--t,", "motherf--ker," and "nigga." Wilmore appealingly approaches topics from a place of curiosity, and the show can be a nice entry point into current political issues.

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What's the story?

WILMORE is a variety show that focuses on current events leading up to the 2020 election. Host Larry Wilmore is a former Daily Show correspondent and the former host of The Nightly Show. Each episode focuses on a specific topic, such as protests, voter suppression, and police misconduct. Wilmore interviews guests ranging from activists and politicians to comedians and athletes, like Megan Rapinoe, Charlamagne Tha God, Cori Bush, and Amber Ruffin. Each topic is approached from multiple angles and multiple points of view.

Is it any good?

It may feel like there's an overabundance of talking heads in both news and comedy these days, but new voices and perspectives are still needed. Wilmore is a political comedy and news show with a Black host, that features predominantly Black guests, and speaks to American issues from a Black point of view. That's shockingly rare, even as America has become exponentially more aware of issues that disproportionately affect Black and minority communities. Host Larry Wilmore comes off as less progressive than many of his guests, but he has a casual curiosity about him. He has a gift for engaging in complex conversations in a way that feels logical and easy to follow, and he and his guests are insightful without being polemic. They also offer easy ways to become involved with important issues. Wilmore's monologues and interviews can frequently come off more cerebral than funny. But when he goes off-script and engages his guests, especially in the closing Lightning Rounds, he is often hilarious. Wilmore has a disarming demeanor that evokes genuine discussion, which is a refreshing surprise compared to the tone of many other news media outlets today.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about current events. What was one episode of Wilmore's focus that you found particularly compelling. What do you think is Larry's point of view on the topic? How do his guests feel about it? How are their opinions similar or different?

  • Did this series teach you anything? Do you feel differently about any topics that were covered than you did before? If so, how? 

  • Do you feel like Larry Wilmore and his guests treat the topics fairly? Why or why not? What would you add to the conversation.

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