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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ad-inspired sitcom turns oppression into a joke.

TV ABC Comedy 2007
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Cavemen.... terrible

I had a school assignment to watch a Tv show that was a flop and evaluate why it may have not been so successful. After reading a lot of reviews and news about this title I came to the conclusion that this show was just flat out terrible. It was based on the geico commercials which in there own right are funny. But you cant base a show off of the success of a commercial. Other problems that arise is that they were accused of being racist saying the cavemen were suggested to be minorities. I wouldn't suggest this show for anyone.

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Most of the circumstances are outright gags -- don't expect much subtle humor here. What little depth the show has comes from its allusions to modern race relations. For example, when money goes missing at a party, all eyes immediately turn suspiciously toward the central trio -- the only cavemen in attendance -- pointing, albeit lightly, toward the embedded racism of mainstream society.

While the caveman gags quickly wear thin, the cavemen-as-minority formula is actually a good opportunity to discuss racial and other types of prejudice with teens. The Cro-Magnons serve as a safe proxy for oppressed groups because they're so unreal, but their experiences can shine a light on what certain groups really go through. Of course, the danger here is that sometimes the show's lightweight approach to the serious subject of race ends up feeling like belittlement rather than examination.

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