A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than educate.
The series exaggerates physical features, manners of speech, and behavioral oddities for laughs, especially in impersonations that poke fun at celebs like Bill Cosby, Oprah, and Bill Clinton. There's some gross-out humor (a teen's "pizza face" and a character who eats dandruff, for example) and some teasing and bullying in some sketches.
Positive Role Models
The variety of sketches illustrates the cast's ability to adapt to different roles and work well with all of their fellow performers. There's diversity among the cast members.
Violence & Scariness
Some skits involve characters' use of rudimentary weapons (a man plays out a sketch with an arrow protruding from his forehead, for instance), but the content is clearly meant to be funny rather than realistic. Physical humor includes some falls and collisions but no real-life injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No major sexuality, but characters are occasionally seen in their underwear, some mock-make-out sessions, and guys slap girls' butts.
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Some (playful) name-calling like "freak."
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The series inspired a soundtrack as well as a number of spin-off shows starring some of its cast members.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the unpredictable nature of this '90s sketch comedy series makes it difficult to fully gauge the age-appropriateness of its content, although on the whole, there's little concern for tweens. Expect a fair amount of bathroom humor (acne and edible dandruff, for example), some bullying that's meant to be funny, and physical humor like pretending to sever a hand from its arm. The fact that many of the skits exaggerate characters' physical features (large ears or a sizable rear end) to poke fun at them is a good reason to start a conversation with your kids about tolerance and respect. Tweens won't grasp many of the show's cultural references since they're rooted in the '90s' celeb scene and politics, but there's enough timeless comedy to maintain kids' interest.
Is It Any Good?
Much like Saturday Night Live does for older viewers, All That finds the funny in the mundane aspects of life, like facing down a class bully or dealing with a clueless teacher. The show's changing nature keeps the content fresh and fun for tweens, who will enjoy the cast's take on everyday situations and quirky people. Some skits rely on satirical humor related to people and events from the '90s that won't resonate with a new generation of viewers, but there plenty of laughs that cater to the tween set and transcend the timeliness gap.
Although the show isn't out to spark discussion, some aspects of its content offer a jumping-off point to talk to tweens about issues like stereotyping, bullying, and society's impression of celebrities. Be sure to remind kids that while shows like this one appeal to fans by poking fun at a person or group of people, there are repercussions for doing the same in the real world.
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