Chappelle's Show

TV review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Edgy, brilliant comedy that's best for adults.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Racism, sexism, alcoholism, affluenza, ignorance -- no stone is left unturned in the name of comedy. The intent is to mock society's foibles, but some of the messages may be too subtle for younger viewers to catch.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dave Chappelle himself is an intelligent and brilliant comic with a knack for biting cultural commentary. The characters on the show are all exaggerated for humor as a means to express Chappelle's critiques. But these same characters can easily be misconstrued by casual viewers to represent negative stereotypes about everyone from African Americans to women.


Chappelle's biting commentary cuts like a serrated knife, and some sketches feature faux murders and gun shots.


Some sketches feature scantily clad women (often as strippers and prostitutes). Plenty of sex talk to go around. Skits have mocked sexual fetishes, and one character talks a lot about swapping sexual favors for drugs.


No holds barred. "Damn," "d--k," "bitch," etc., plus rampant bleeping that barely masks words like "motherf--ker." Plenty of derogatory racial terms as well (the N-word makes frequent appearances), though they're often used to draw laughs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Considering one bit features a funny how-to on scoring drugs, vices aren't off-limits. One of Chappelle's recurring characters is a crackhead.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, above all else, this wildly popular sketch comedy series is uproariously funny. Adults will laugh themselves silly at Chappelle's edgy satire and knowing social commentary, but it's the kind of humor that pushes the proverbial envelope to the absolute. It's only for the fearless, and despite the fact that many teens love the show, it's really not appropriate for most kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDisneyFan April 9, 2008


A wonderful show, but probably not for most kids. We have the shows on DVD and only allow our son to watch select skits. We also discuss why certain things ar... Continue reading
Adult Written byFlanders D. April 13, 2018

Funny and awesome!

This is so funny but make sure you are 11 or older. I wouldn't advise you to watch if you are under 11!
Teen, 15 years old Written bylinglingrocks218 April 9, 2008

it's not TV-MA

It's not TV-MA, it's TV-14, i't almost TV-MA, but it barely gets by witha TV-14. i think it can be viewed by 13+.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDa Review Man July 28, 2020

Funny Comedy Show, 13+

Honestly, by around 12-13, you're probably about ready for Chappelle's Show. It's got some language, some sexual things, but it's all in a j... Continue reading

What's the story?

In sketch comedy show CHAPPELLE'S SHOW, anyone is fair game: white supremacists, anti-drug programs, even PBS. The result is that you never know quite what to expect, with bits whizzing from a parody of the popular MTV show Cribs to a fiercely funny stab at Chappelle's own identity crisis (at one point, he was MIA from his own show, fleeing production for a retreat in South Africa). Recurring characters include cheerful crackhead Tyrone Biggums, clueless rapper Lil Jon, feisty Rick James, and more. Stand-out moments have included Chappelle's turn as a blind Ku Klux Klan member who doesn't realize he's black and a guest appearance by Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) in which the normally squeaky-clean entertainer goes on a pimping, shooting rampage.

Is it any good?

Chappelle's genius is that he's able to mine the current, the political, the seamy, the gross and -- best of all -- the taboo for humor. In doing so, he makes viewers think, even when they're busy holding their sides from laughing too much. It all makes for exhilarating, thought-provoking TV -- except, of course, when kids are in the room. As appealing as Chappelle is to teenagers, his comedy is of the edgiest, adults-only sort.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues that Chappelle chooses to satirize. What is the state of race relations in this country? What are the stereotypes the show chooses to skewer based on? Does the show reinforce or dispel those stereotypes? How? Could another comedian do the same skits and get the same response? Why do issues that are, on the face of it, not very funny, play for such great laughs?

  • What do you think about Chappelle's decision to quit doing his show?

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