Little Britain USA

Common Sense Media says

U.S. take on Brit hit pushes the comedy envelope.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series derives humor from stereotypes; groups mocked include Hispanics, Southerners, homosexuals, the handicapped, the overweight, and many more. Body humor is prevalent -- in one scene, a man pees on a swimmer in a pool; in another, a woman crouches behind a bush in a park to poop.

Violence

A few scenes feature guns, but they're just props, and there's no shooting.

Sex

Simulated sex between men in anatomically correct nude suits. Lots of bare female breasts and butts, most often during the two male stars' cross-dressing skits. Sexual references are common and ribald; one episode alone includes graphic mention of masturbation, blow jobs, lesbianism, transsexuals, pornography, and sexual desire between men. In one segment, a man gets an erection and ejaculates in his pants.

Language

Frequent, uncensored use of everything from "damn" and "ass" to "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some lighthearted references to drinking and drug use, none of which mention realistic consequences of the actions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this outrageous sketch comedy series has even more iffy stuff than the original British version. It relies on exaggerated stereotypes for most of its laughs, poking fun at minorities, homosexuals, and overweight people, among many others. Sexual content is prevalent and graphic: Men in nude body suits simulate sex, a man ejaculates in his pants, and references to blow jobs, masturbation, and pornography are common fare. In cross-dressing scenes, men strip to reveal female undergarments and nude female body suits. Language is also pervasive; multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "damn" are unedited.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In LITTLE BRITAIN USA, acclaimed British comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas take aim at America, and no one is safe from their skewed view of life on this side of the pond. The sketch comedy series -- spun off from their own over-the-top original, Little Britain -- uses the stars' edgy brand of character-based humor to poke fun at various aspects of American society, from life in the deep South to the deep affection we have for our pets. Walliams and Lucas revive many of their popular characters -- including judgmental weight-loss coach Marjorie Dawes and flamboyantly homosexual Daffyd Thomas -- and also introduce several new ones bred of their off-kilter impression of life in the States.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

American fans of the original Little Britain don't need to worry: A transatlantic move hasn't dulled the duo's work. U.S. audiences may even end up preferring this version, since the social undertones will be more familiar to them than the British ones were -- making the humor just that much more relatable. The show also benefits from a number of American guests who shine along with the stars, including Rosie O'Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, and Sarah Chalke.

While Walliams and Lucas are happy to prove once again that there's no edgy comedy challenge -- be it obese female body suits or adult breastfeeding -- they can't take on together, this over-the-top series definitely isn't for younger viewers. From language to sexual content, it's as graphic as you'd expect a pay-cable series to be, and no group is spared from the duo's barbed jokes. So save this one for after the kids are in bed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different styles of comedy. How would you characterize the humor in this series? How does it compare to that of other shows or routines you've seen? Did you find these skits funny? Do you think it's fair to get laughs at the expense of others? How do you think people at the brunt of these jokes feel about them? Have you ever been laughed at? How did it feel? Viewers who've seen the British version can compare the two shows.

TV details

Cast:David Walliams, Matt Lucas
Network:HBO
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written byRyukGodOfDeath April 18, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Not Impressed

my friend told me about this show so i watched 1 or to episodes. but wen i watched one of the episodes, my mum watched with me and was really disterbed.
I love a good comedy, but i agree withcommonsencemedia on this one, if anything goes over the boundries of southpark, i shall leave it to burn!

Adult Written bydfk1010 November 15, 2008
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

so funny

This show is so funny and at the same time NOT FOR KIDS. You see people penises. People are drag queens and use bad words. They are racist. But on the up sides it is so funny.

Adult Written bysteri23 January 31, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

I Laughed

This is one of HBO's finest piece's of work. Some people may find it inappropriate though so stay clear away if you get offended easily, mind you it is on HBO. However for the rest of you viewers you are in for a riot. Watch Little Britain USA

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