A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't out to promote any particular message other than humor, but the main characters' friendship is a strong one. Songs and episodes mock misogyny, xenophobia, and other social/cultural issues.
Positive Role Models
The guys are earnest and well-intentioned, but they aren't terribly clever. One considers himself a "ladies man," though he's not very successful with women.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some dating and kissing, as well as talk about the possibility of sex. In one episode, Bret has sex (nothing graphic shown) with an aggressive date; in another, a fan proposes a three-way to the guys. But overall, most of their dating attempts fail.
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Regular profanity like "s--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "dick," etc. Since it's pay cable, nothing is bleeped -- but it's worth noting that Jemaine and Bret themselves rarely swear, opting instead for terms like "motherflipper" and "mother ucker."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking and discussion of drug use. In one episode, the guys are pressured into doing a "sixteenth" of acid -- which leads to a trippy song-and-dance sequence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this musical comedy about a faux folk duo is pretty mild for HBO. The language is uncensored, but it's nowhere near the levels of shows like Deadwood and Six Feet Under. And while some scenes show social drinking and touch on drug use, and storylines typically revolve around dating attempts (most of which fail), there's probably nothing here that mature teens haven't seen or heard before. Song lyrics occasionally insult women, but they're more intended to poke fun at traditional pop music than to reveal any inherent misogyny.
Is It Any Good?
McKenzie and Clement garnered a cult following thanks to their hilarious performances at comedy and music festivals around the world; they turned their traveling act into this hipster musical series. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS is kind of like a hip Dumb and Dumber, following two rather brainless-but-quite-charming guys as they navigate single-guy life while remaining committed friends and partners.
With its clever writing, appealing characters, and unique approach to comedy, the show attracted a loyal niche following during its two seasons on HBO. Teens may well dig the show's wit, and despite its attention to romance and relationships and unbleeped profanity, most parents should feel OK about letting mature kids watch.
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