Parents' Guide to

Bad Education

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British high school comedy thrives on inappropriateness.

TV Netflix Comedy 2012
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

A Surprisingly Deep Show

I thought the first Season/Series was ok as it had some jokes about racial stereotyping that were a bit objectionable and the characters were a bit one-dimensional in the first series. The second and third series improve massively as they tone down the race jokes and make the characters much more relatable and likeable. The Third series really ties the whole series together and the last two episodes really makes you appreciate the character growth and how the series really contrasts the simple cartoonish personalities in the first series with the complicated and incredible characters they grow into. I especially grew to like the Chinese student Jing as in the first series she was merely a stereotype and the butt of jokes. By the end of the show, she has really grown to be a lovely role model and realistic role model. There are some bad role models but as long as you explain to your child what is wrong about those examples. Overall this is a great teenage and adult comedy that grows on you from a crude comedy to a deeply emotional series that will stay with you by the end. Am looking forward to the reboot series and reunion episode coming up.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Not that bad

Csm where you at, this program has the odd sexual reference and a bit of bad language I would let my 11 year old child watch this. How could you rate this program a 17+.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (6):

Television as a medium has proven itself capable of just about anything, and yet almost every "edgy" comedy from the past two decades is pretty much the same. Bad Education starts with a decent premise -- a teacher who's more immature than his students -- but then just lazily hits the same marks as every post-Family Guy offense-fest that's had so much as a three-episode run. Unfortunately, that includes racial stereotypes, gender stereotypes, inappropriate behavior with students, jokes about statutory rape, jokes about Nazis, jokes about "slave labor," and jokes about disabilities. The performers are charming and naturally funny enough that sometimes the jokes land, and the show can at times be fun to watch, but for the most part, Bad Education is working off of lesson plans that haven't been updated in 20 years.

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