A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stereotypes, sexism, and race are subverted in witty comedy sketches that may make viewers think twice about some of their preconceptions. The cast shows courage and teamwork in taking on difficult subjects.
Positive Role Models
Sketches emanate from a humanistic and inclusive point of view, with humor leveled at foibles, not people. The vibe is absurd, not mean-spirited, and it punches up instead of down.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is played for laughs: A talking clove of garlic shoots a vampire with an animated gun; young children destroy a gingerbread house, killing the living cookies inside.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexuality is sometimes a subject of jokes, like a skit in which a woman is described as "the thiccest" and defeats some villains with her "distracting derriere." Said villains follow her to their doom, saying happily "That's a powerful posterior."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Language is frequent and includes "f--k," "motherf----rs," "s--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "hell," "damn." Language can be insulting, like when a group of men call a woman an "old-ass ho" or one man calling others "punk-ass bitches." The "N" word is also heard.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs play a part in some skits, like one in which a group of superheroes take a "chronic break" to smoke joints.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Astronomy Club is a sketch show starring eight Black entertainers, most of whom are graduates of NYC's improv school Upright Citizens Brigade. Humor can tend toward the mature: for example, a skit in which a "thicc" superhero distracts villains with her "powerful posterior" (which ends with a group of superheroes all smoking joints together), or one about a group of slave ship "passengers" who find erotic inspiration in their close quarters. Violence is comedic, like a scene in which a group of talking gingerbread people have their home destroyed by a child celebrating the holidays. There's plenty of strong language, including "f--k," "motherf----rs," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "hell," "damn," and the "N" word. In general, the comedy punches up and makes fun of ideas, not people, and the troupe shows courage and teamwork in taking on cultural standards and sacred cows.
Is It Any Good?
Whip-smart and absolutely hilarious, this skit show nails every topic it takes on, with an absurdity and wit that rival classic sketch comedies like Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, and The Kids in the Hall. As you might expect from a show in which three of the eight performers -- Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, and James III -- host a podcast about representation in entertainment (Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood), many of the targets for Astronomy Club's comic eye circle around race: an ER for Black women's hair, an excited group of actors auditioning for a show with a Black writing staff, a support group for cinematic "magical negroes" ("Repeat after me," exhorts the group's leader: "I am the lead character of my own story ... I am more than the advice I give White people").
These sketches feel enchantingly knowing and lived-in, and they're hysterical and fresh, frequently upending viewer expectations. In one inspired sketch, a Black homeowner makes Robin Hood feel guilty for not dropping some of his redistributed wealth on Black people -- and then is discomfited by Little John, who wonders why the nouveau riche homeowner "had" to move away from Sherwood's south side. Other sketches in Astronomy Club aren't making any particular point, they're just weird, and delightful.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.