Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that nothing is sacred in this political news series. It skewers everything to do with politics -- Democrat and Republican, conservative and liberal -- to great success (and with heaps of glee). Despite referring to his show as the "fake news," Stewart is one of the few folks out there who puts stories in context and points out the constant contradictions coming out of Washington and corporate America. But younger kids won't get or appreciate the humor -- and given the sometimes-crass subjects, that's probably for the best.
Frequent innuendo in Stewart's stories and taped pieces. And if the show's favorite targets -- politicians -- are engaged in hanky panky, they'll certainly be skewered for it.
Politics can be pugilistic, and the show tries to catch all the action. Mosly verbal sparring, though.
Language includes frequent use of "ass," "damn," "bitch," etc. Stronger words (including "f--k") are bleeped out, though they're often discernable.
The world is full of human frailty and foibles, and it all gets mined for humor (cheating, drinking, and everything else under the sun). But Stewart does an admirable job of putting double-talk in context and calling on politicians to be responsible for their actions.
Products/labels are mentioned as necessary in the course of reporting on stories.
Drugs / Tobacco /
If drugs, tobacco, and alcohol are in the headlines, they're in the show, too. Stewart and his reporters sometimes partake if it helps sell a joke/story.