Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that much of this sketch show's sexual, political, and racial humor may be too mature for some kids -- but it could also fly right over their head. Stereotypes abound, from ditzy girls to angry black men, and they're treated with differing levels of social critique -- some shallow, some deeper. Due to the show's live nature, occasional curse words or other unplanned activity occurs (such as when Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photograph of the Pope on air). Many parents may remember their own experiences with SNL growing up and should know that, if anything, the show is tamer now than it was in its early years.
Some obviously simulated sex, provocative outfits, lots of sexual banter and innuendo.
No major violence. Occasional pretend hitting or kicking, but only in an exaggerated, funny way.
Lots of sexual language and humor. Plenty of mild cursing ("bitch," "hell," "damn," etc.). Lots of plays on words with sexual/racial themes.
This show is all about satire and parody -- so plenty of iffy behavior appears, but usually within the context of making fun of it.
Hosts promote their movies, TV shows, or albums; musical guests promote their albums.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Discussion of and simulated use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco within comedy sketches. Not a major part of the show.