A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
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?