Parents' Guide to

Astronomy Club

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Weird, funny, fresh comedy skewers life and race.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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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.

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