Parents' Guide to

Bust Down

By Gemma Agravante, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Adult jokes with childish antics from rising Black creators.

TV Peacock Comedy 2022
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This comedy quartet is an emerging force, and with this show, they're providing another fresh layer to workplace comedies. The Bust Down creators prioritize laughter above all -- portraying a distinct Black perspective, but with wild antics tossed in like handfuls of glitter. With his playful physicalities, Jak embraces silliness, bringing a childish energy to some of the more adult subject matter. His cousin, Chris, is naive and grossly overconfident; he's charismatic but acts like a fool most of the time. Langston is full of enthusiasm and takes pride in his work ethic, but often finds himself in over his head. Sam is grounded and willingly self-interrogates, but has an inclination to numb her emotions.

There's a refreshing Black lesbian relationship dynamic that's exciting to see, particularly within a male-dominated cast. Pushing back against the rags-to-riches narratives depicting Black successes in spite of their historic disadvantages, Bust Down intends to lower the bar. While there are plenty of wild takes for comedy's sake, these characters have moments of emotional awareness and healthy self-interrogation.

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