James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment single-handedly saved his late night career. The bit, where he drives around with famous folks and sings songs with them in between making jokes about his weight, is fun, charming, completely inoffensive, and so damn popular it’s led to its own half-hour spin-off just like Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle. Not to be outdone, Channel 4, a popular British station, has come up with its own show that features parents driving their teenagers around. It’s called Taxi of Mum and Dad and what it lacks in songs, it makes up for in schadenfreude.
The show, which premieres August 19th, will feature eight families, each of whom install cameras into their cars so viewers can listen to parent-teen conversations about “relationships, parties, booze, work, school and home life.” The trailer shows a mom driving her teenage son to a job interview, with the son is visibly annoyed as she makes sure he’s prepared. As she tries to get him to learn about the history of the company, he begins dropping words that need to be bleeped out with increased frequency. It’s a moment every parent has to endure, dealing with an ungrateful teenager who does everything they can to show how little of a fuck they give about everything. To this mom’s credit, she never flinches at her son’s bad behavior.
If anything, Taxi of Mum and Dad looks to provide a glimpse of what you have to look forward to when their toddlers are old enough to grow stubble and string swear words together. It also seems to be a rather good glimpse universal the struggle of dealing with a bratty teen really is. We’re all in this together, folks.