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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that All That is a reboot of the same-named '90s sketch comedy series that features unpredictable but mostly clean content designed for kids. There's some potty humor (poop jokes, for instance), and impersonations of celebrities and other notable personalities often play on exaggerated physical features and mannerisms, but it's all meant for laughs. Some original cast members are involved in the production -- including Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, who produce the show, and others who have on-screen cameos -- so parents who watched the original in the '90s and tune in with their kids will notice content that bridges the gap between the two shows.
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What's the story?
ALL THAT is a sketch comedy series featuring celebrity impressions, short skits, and pop culture parodies. Like the '90s original, the show employs young cast members and welcomes a different musical guest each episode. Original All That alums Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell produce the series, and fellow former cast members like Lori Beth Denberg are involved in varying degrees in front of the camera. Tweens and teen actors revive classic skits and create new ones that spoof modern stars, TV shows, and pop culture notables.
Is it any good?
This kid-friendly Saturday Night Live-like series cultivates laughs with generally absurd and satirical content. Physical humor, exaggerated impersonations, and culture references are designed to appeal to a young viewing clientele and short attention spans, so parents who watch for nostalgia's sake will find the humor fairly juvenile. Because of the unpredictable nature of the show's content, it always feels fresh even though many of the segments are recurring.
In an entertainment climate that feels increasingly edgy at times, the fact that All That's content is so worry-free is a welcome quality. Families can tune in knowing that beyond the occasional bit of bathroom humor or gross-out joke, there's not much to worry about in settling in to watch this one together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's content and how successful (or not) it is as comedy. What made you laugh? What didn't? Do you like the sketch comedy format?
How do celebrity impressions use people's physical traits for laughs? Does All That do so effectively? Could this be considered bullying? Where is the line between comedy and bullying in cases like this? Why is it important to show compassion to other people?
What character strengths do you think are important in cast members involved in sketch comedy? How do they show they can adapt and work as a team? How valuable is it to be able to laugh at yourself in situations like this?
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