A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters seek their needs through ethically questionable means.
Positive Role Models
The friend group all look out for each other, but give problematic advice.
Writers, producers, and lead cast are Black. A nuanced lesbian relationship is seen. Characters are low-level employees of a casino -- including valet, cafeteria, and janitorial workers. Based on Gary, Indiana, a once prosperous industrial hub outside of Chicago, the action takes place in an economically depressed city where there are large minority populations living in or near poverty.
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Violence & Scariness
Topics center around sexual assault and molestation. A character realizes that as a teenager, the oral sex they received from a parent's friend was predatory, and must come to terms with realizing they were a victim. A character has their genitals touched by a workplace superior. Satirical (but rude) dialogue threatening violence as a form of humor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topics center around sexual assault and molestation with lots of candid discussion about sex acts. (See Violence & Scariness)
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Constant crass language occurs in dialogue. Conversation regularly includes the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
The setting is in a casino where the characters are employees; many forms of gambling are shown in the background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol to excess, glass pipes are seen on a table in the background, a character chain-smokes cigarettes, friends pass a joint around while sitting in a car. There are consequences for over-use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bust Down is a super-raunchy, Black-led workplace comedy that features lots of swearing, including frequent use of the "N" word. This series has diverse representations of race, sexuality, and income levels. The group of friends look out for each other but end up making bad choices and facing consequences. The comedy is culturally relevant, but full of lewd sex jokes and threats of violence in the name of humor. There's discussion of sexual assault and molestation. The action takes place in a casino where characters drink alcohol to excess, glass cannabis pipes are seen on a table in the background, and a character chain-smokes cigarettes. Some characters have moments of emotional awareness and introspection.
Is It Any Good?
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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