TheDailyShow

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Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Edgy political satire from the popular TV show.

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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The political sarcasm may be difficult for teens to interpret what is humor and what is real.

Violence

News stories sometimes cover violent events and torture, but nothing extreme.

Sex

Like the show, the videos often have frank talk about sex. Example: One clip was about a news story involving masturbation, and lewd graphics and crass humor were used.

Language

Sometimes pushes the envelope with crude humor and questionable language, although swear words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

Banner video ads and ads prior to commercials sometimes include Daily Show cast endorsing products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Only in relation to news events.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Daily Show's site contains political satire in its fake "news" that's primarily geared toward adults. The humor -- although really, really smart -- is inappropriate for kids, especially if they aren't able to separate truth from fiction. There's swearing (bleeped out), sexual themes, and iffy situations. The site streams videos unedited from the popular cable TV show and allows people to post comments (which are mostly clean and stay on topic).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 17 year old Written byHuman November 19, 2009
Great website
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

good for older kids

Simply put, if you understand the humor, the site's fine.
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

What's it about?

Blurring the line between comedy and journalism, the goal of THEDAILYSHOW.COM, like its TV counterpart, is to unearth the humor and absurdity in everyday current events. Viewers looking for the show's classic blend of political satire, edgy humor, and conversation-style interviews won't be disappointed. The easy-to-use time line grid allows you to browse through the video archives easily; and the News Team section has background information about past and present \"correspondents.\"

Is it any good?

The TV show has three segments: news by host Jon Stewart, skits featuring correspondents usually interviewing real-life public officials, and "celebrity" interviews with anyone from Sienna Miller to Allen Greenspan. The interviews are usually intellectually stimulating conversations spattered with lots of humor and are probably the most appropriate for young viewers; although they're sometimes the most serious.

The correspondents' segments will probably garner the most laughs but also have the most questionable material: frank discussions of sex and nudity (although it's not shown), crude language, and mature themes. Also, for teens, it may be difficult to tell what is deadpan humor and what is real. The show is sarcastic and although political views and newsworthy events are analyzed from multiple angles, tweens and young teens may struggle to understand many of the jokes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about political satire and how humor can be used to promote an agenda or idea. Is it sometimes difficult to distinguish a comedy skit from an actual news story? Does The Daily Show have a political agenda? Behind the comedy, is there real information you can obtain from these clips?

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