The CollegeHumor Show

Common Sense Media says

Popular, risque comedy site makes the jump to TV.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very little about the show reflects reality. The workplace is a
constant flurry of pranks and other juvenile behavior, and nothing
productive ever gets done. The boss is as ineffective as his employees,
so there's no responsible leadership to be found.

Violence

Body part references like "boobs," "dick," and "vagina" are common.
Kissing, bikini-clad women, partial nudity (a man is shown with his
genitals blurred), and innuendo are all fair game. Girls are said to be
"hot."

Sex

Body part references like "boobs," "dick," and "vagina" are common.
Kissing, bikini-clad women, partial nudity (a man is shown with his
genitals blurred), and innuendo are all fair game. Girls are said to be
"hot."

Language

Multiple uses of "ass," "damn," and "bitch" in each episode, as well as bleeped versions of "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

The show basically exists as a commercial for its parent Web site. Occasional mention of Facebook.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some sketches show adults with beer in their hands. In at least one
scene, two guys play "beer pong" -- a game played with ping pong balls
and cups partly full of beer -- at work.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sketch comedy is closely tied to its popular parent Web site, CollegeHumor.com, and boasts the same prank-filled, sophomoric sense of humor that's made the site a hit. Expect plenty of strong language; "ass," "damn," and "biitch" are used casually and frequently, and multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped. Occasional partial nudity is blurred in sensitive areas, and sexual innuendo is intermittent. Teens will be tempted to check out the show's parent site, as well as that of (fictitious) rival squad Gigglebarn, which displays close-up photos of women in thongs and bikini tops.

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What's the story?

THE COLLEGEHUMOR SHOW is the brainchild of real-life employees of the
show's popular parent Web site, CollegeHumor.com and blends scripted
comedy with many of the three-minute sketches that also air on the
CollegeHumor site. Written by and starring CH staff (and set in their
actual offices), the show presents an exaggerated (hopefully, anyway)
view of a truly unique work environment, where inter-office jokes and
beer pong tournaments are all in a day's work. When they're not busy
pulling pranks on each other, the CH crew occupies themselves by
fending off stunts by (fictional) rival company Gigglebarn.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With all the fraternity-style pranking and intensely skewed reality
brewing in the CollegeHumor office, there's lots here for adults to
chuckle over. The humor, while mostly juvenile in nature (pushing a
coworker's face into her lunch, for instance), is easy to enjoy if you
approach the show with low expectations. This talented group of
underachievers makes taking it easy a career goal, and they're
certainly good at it.

That said, the fact that the series is
rooted in college-level social interaction should give you a good idea
about the maturity (or lack thereof) of its content. Pranks aside,
there's plenty of reason to think twice about this show for teens.
Sexual innuendo, partial nudity, and strong language are just the
beginning. There's also a complete lack of realism in these so-called
adults' lives, which sends iffy messages to teens about work ethics.
Plus, teens who tune in will want to visit CH's parent Web site -- as
well as Gigglebarn's (both addresses are spoken and written throughout
the show), which is a virtual photo album of women's thong-clad
backsides and bikini-supported chests.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about commercialism in the media. What do you think

  • of how this show promotes its parent Web site (and vice versa)? Can you

  • think of any other shows or sites that do that? How do marketing

  • techniques like product placement and sponsorship work? Are you

  • influenced by the products you see used in TV shows or by celebrities?

  • Is this type of marketing is more or less effective than traditional

  • commercials?

TV details

Cast:Patrick Cassels, Ricky Van Veen, Sarah Schneider
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent Written byhawkjames September 14, 2013
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Another Perspective

First of all, I think the positive messages are overlooked because of the subtlety of the messages in question. The exaggerated stupidity of the characters makes it easy for viewers to distinguish that these "characters" are not the role models here. As such, the opposite of the apparent messages are subtly emphasized. As an example, in the "Gonorrhea Medicine" bit, the boys try to figure out who in the office have gonorrhea. In this exaggerated witch hunt, it becomes apparent that the real message is that none of them would ever do that to a human being. All the while keeping us entertained with a hilarious script. Obviously, the content is a little more mature. However, in our culture, where kids are finding out about all kinds of crazy stuff in and before elementary school (sensitive things I hadn't learned about until middle school or later), realistically, I believe that all the content is appropriate for the majority of kids in high school and a lot of them in middle school. Additionally, if they know what sex is (likely) and they don't know what gonorrhea is, maybe it's a good idea to let them watch it. That being said, if I were to quantify the demographic by age pessimistically with a lot of elbow room for those who mature slowly, I would say our kids are far past safe watching this content at the age of 16 and older. In my humble opinion, the deep, subtle humor in the scripts is ingenious and CollegeHumor in general inspiring for an aspiring teenager. The CollegeHumor crew is a hive of brilliant minds getting that sweet honey by exploiting their own talents and natural inclinations at humor, acting, film-making, script-writing, editing, visual story-telling, and production in general. The more you get to know them through their content, the more you realize where the humor comes from. They are calling people out on their lewdness, shrewdness, rudeness, and prudeness! Goodness! It's almost a social experiment. Sure, they play into consumerism by using pictures of girls in bikinis or what have you, but the sheer irony of the fact is that if you're visiting the site for those means, or have found the site through those means, they most likely have made fun of you in one of their videos... and they get a few extra views, what the hell! They don't know they're being teased. They're dumb, right? I kid, but honestly, the existence of CollegeHumor in general is a testament to how you can make it in this world with one good idea, persistence, your body, and your mind. I enjoy that.

-an aspiring producer, age 21.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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