Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton

Common Sense Media says

Adult-oriented comedy with strong, suggestive language.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show features a panel of comedians as themselves offering humorous commentary. The topics discussed are absurd and vary in comedic value. Some humor relies on stereotypes.

Positive role models

Comedians are often funny and quick-witted, but also sometimes crude.

Not applicable

Frequent double entendres, sexual language, and references to sexual acts and body parts throughout the show's conversation, although none of it is explicit or depicted on screen.


Occasional use of unbleeped language especially "s--t." Other derogatory terms employed for comedic effect include "f--k" and "douchebag."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional discussion of excessive drinking or drugs in a humorous context.  

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy panel series covers adult themes and features both salty language and double entendres referencing both sex acts and body parts. While there is no graphic depiction of sex or violence, the conversation is aimed at a mature audience. The absurd topics discussed will probably not interest younger kids, anyway.

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What's the story?

With its first original series for American audiences, BBC America has recruited British comic and host Graham Norton to moderate a comic conversation on absurd topics on WOULD YOU RATHER? The series brings together a different panel of comedians each week to cover crazy what-if scenarios, such as, \"Would you rather speak with the deep voice of Darth Vader or the high voice of Alvin the Chipmunk?\" The comics discuss each topic and then Norton awards a tongue-in-cheek \"point\" for his favorite response.

Is it any good?


Shows like Would You Rather? are throwbacks to an earlier era, when television was young and it was entertaining enough to simply watch the great comedic minds of the day trade quips as part of a game. From What's My Line? to Match Game and Hollywood Squares, we get Would You Rather?, a series that has an absurdly amusing comic premise and a game host in Graham Norton, who's devilishly quick with a good one-liner.

The show's main weakness is that the panels vary in quality and brain-power. When the comics answering the questions are up to the challenge, there's potential for some great laughs. Without a great panel, the concept can miss the mark entirely.

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  • Families can talk about the show's use of strong language. Do these words make the humor more entertaining? Why or why not?

  • What kinds of humor makes you laugh? Does any of the humor on this show go too far? Why do some comedians rely on stereotypes or prejudices to get laughs?


TV details

Cast:Graham Norton
Network:BBC America
TV rating:TV-MA

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Kid, 12 years old December 12, 2011


Gross out and throw up humor warning most words will make anyage feel uncomftrublly and are'nt bleeped!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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