Bad Internet

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Comedy sketches are irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Things can go very wrong in a digital world. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Folks are from all walks of life, do different things. 

Violence

Arguments, muggings, explosions, shootings (some blood), murders. All offered in a humorous context. 

Sex

Strong innuendo, condoms, occasional simulated sex acts (no nudity), references to genitals. 

Language

"A--hole," "bitch," "s--t." 

Consumerism

Social media like BuzzFeed, Amazon, films, TV shows, etc., featured in context.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional drinking (hard alcohol), a drunk-driving incident.  

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Internet is a sketch comedy series from CollegeHumor, known for its irreverent humor. There's lots of mature content, including simulated sex acts and crude references, explosions, shootings, and cursing. Drinking is sometimes visible. Brands like Amazon, social media sites like Buzzfeed, and pop culture cornerstones are referenced, but within the context of the story. Older teens who like satire will be able to appreciate the show, but it isn't intended for young viewers. 

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What's the story?

BAD INTERNET is an original YouTube sketch comedy anthology about technology and internet fails. Created by CollegeHumor and inspired by Black Mirror, the series features self-contained episodes full of dry humor and pop-culture themed parodies starring CollegeHumor cast members like Grant O'Brien, Siobhan Thompson, and Adam Conover, as well as celebrity guest stars like Cheri Oteri, Ed Begley, Jr., and Jean Smart. From living in a society where a Divergent can't be organized according to what Friends character they are, to watching YouTube channel celebs fight to the death in a Hunger Games-type battle, it highlights what can potentially go wrong in a digital world. 

Is it any good?

This smart, irreverent series uses good writing and dark humor to highlight some of the ways our internet use, combined with our endless desire for entertainment, is shaping society. Because it's specifically produced for the internet, it also contains some edgy comedic moments that probably wouldn't make it to network TV. 

The spoofs aren't as profound or sophisticated as those featured on shows like Black Mirror, but they're full of laugh-out-loud moments while getting their points across. If you are looking for some lively amusement, or if you enjoy technology-themed comedy, Bad Internet will not disappoint.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedies. What's a parody? Satire? What's the difference between a sitcom and a sketch comedy? 

  • What makes certain comedy shows work better for internet streaming than network TV? What kind of changes would have to be made to Bad Internet in order to make it work for TV or cable?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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