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Angry Boys



Smart-but-cheeky comedy was made for mature audiences.
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Both teens and adults use racial slurs and derogatory terms (like "retarded" or "fag" or "darkie"), typically without any correction or consequence.

Positive role models

Given that most of the main characters are foul-mouthed "bad boys" or legitimate juvenile delinquents, positive role models are seriously lacking.


Descriptions, stills, and reenactments of gang fighting, etc. One character gets shot in the testicles, and there's a graphic photo of the injury. There's also minor bullying and teasing, but characters don't usually get physical.


Sexually charged terms like "wanking," coupled with crude sexual gestures. One character downloads online porn (which we see as blurred-out photos), and another allows his mother to market him as a gay skateboarder.


Most teen characters freely use unbleeped language, from "p---y," "ass," and "dickhead" to "s--t" and "motherf--ker." They also use slurs like "poofer," "faggot," "lezzo," and "gay" (used in a derogatory sense).


A few brand names are mentioned, including the iPhone.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters talk about drinking or spending time in bars, but nothing really happens on camera.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this program mines laughs from strong, unbleeped language -- ranging from gay slurs like "faggot" and "lezzo" to "s--t" and "motherf--ker." There's also some light violence, including reenactments of violent incidents, and some sexually charged terms and gestures, along with blurred-out nudity.

What's the story?

With ANGRY BOYS, Aussie writer-actor-creator Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High) puts forth another assortment of oddball characters, this time to explore issues facing young 21st century males. He plays six different characters in all: L.A.-based rapper S. mouse; ambitious Japanese mother Jen Okazaki; former surfing champ Blake Oakfield; teenage twins Daniel and Nathan Sims; and the boys' grandmother, Gran, who works as an officer at a juvenile detention center.

Is it any good?


Lilley proves he's got a gift for mimicry with the Boys (and girls) he creates here for our viewing pleasure. But not everyone will appreciate this series' sense of humor, which tends to rely on strong, uncensored language and slurs for shock value-driven laughs. He also attempts to play characters of different ethnicities -- including an African-American rapper and a Japanese mother -- which could come off as offensive stereotypes, depending on your perspective.

One character who works for sure is Gran, a 65-year-old prison officer at a juvenile detention center who, in her spare time, tends a tiny herd of guinea pigs and sews superhero costumes for her troubled charges. Gran makes plenty of politically incorrect mistakes (from splitting the boys into soccer teams based on their "light" and "dark" skins to playing cruel gotcha jokes on them for laughs). But there's also something about the way in which Lilley portrays her that's oddly heartwarming -- and charmingly human.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about satire and how it can be used as a tool for examining social issues. Is this show trying to make a serious point, or merely trying to make a joke? Does it ever go too far with racial slurs, stereotypes, and other insults?

  • How does Lilley's being Australian affect his brand of humor? How might the series be different if it focused solely on American characters from an American perspective?

  • Is there any truth behind all the comedy in terms of the issues facing young 21st century males? What issues affect you most in your daily life at school and at home?

TV details

Premiere date:May 11, 2011
Cast:Chris Lilley
Topics:High school, Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybigbangtheory143 June 17, 2012

Good show

10 year olds should be allowed to watch this because at this age, they already hear as much swearing at school as there is on this show.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byMinx-Rose January 15, 2012

Great show

Very funny, I've enjoyed watching but it's not suitable fr anyone under the age of 16, it has language not appropiate and also has plenty of sexual reference, though it's definitely a good laugh for older teens.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byMartin123987 December 31, 2011

For older teenagers

Definitely not a movie for kids under 14, a lot of swearing and sexual references. But a very hilarious series for older kids to enjoy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing