Blue Collar TV

Common Sense Media says

Sometimes-crass comedy is OK for teens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Social stereotypes (ex. rednecks) are lampooned relentlessly.

Violence

In one episode, the cast goes hunting, but viewers don't see animals get shot.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo in both the stand-up and sketch portions of the program.

Language

Cast members use words like "turd" and "son of a bitch."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that stereotypes abound in almost every episode, from making fun of rednecks to mocking "white trash." Other things to keep an eye out for are some mild language, innuendo, and social drinking.

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What's the story?

In the WB's comedy sketch show BLUE COLLAR TV, Jeff "You Might Be a Redneck If..." Foxworthy (who previously tried his hand at TV with The Jeff Foxworthy Show) and his southern-fried comedian cohorts lampoon cultural phenomena and entertain a live audience a la Saturday Night Live. Each episode begins with Foxworthy's stand-up routine and then segues into skits that deal with everything from family life to conspicuous consumption. In one episode, for example, the players -- who include Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, Brooke Dillman, Ashley Drane, Ayda Field, Heath Hyche, Peter Oldring and Gary Anthony Williams -- made fun of actors in homegrown sausage ads and a woman who found a finger in her Wendy's chili. They then acted out a scene on a pretend show called Days of Our White Trash Lives.

Is it any good?

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The show is an offshoot of the very successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which featured the stand-up of Foxworthy, Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy. The tour, in turn, inspired Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, which has been a DVD best-seller.

While amusing at times, Blue Collar TV isn't for everyone. Those easily offended by humor at the expense of others might be put off by the skits, which get laughs by playing up stereotypes. What's more, viewers used to high-quality productions might find the amateurish-looking set dull.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about labels and judging someone because of where they're from or how they look. Why is it important to accept people for who they are rather than base our opinions on the color of their skin or their background? Does the show's humor reinforce or undermine stereotypes?

TV details

Cast:Brooke Dillman, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy
Network:WB
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byb-ball April 9, 2008
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wow

kinda dumb but VERY funny! love it!

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