Come Fly with Me

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Fictional characters flirt with offensive stereotypes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although cleverly satirical, the show pushes the envelope when it comes to some racial and ethnic stereotypes, which some viewers might find offensive. Senior citizens are frequent targets, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are flawed in some way, whether they're dishonest on the job or downright racist. Comedy typically results from characters doing the wrong thing.

Violence

Implied violence, such as a flight attendant putting a baby into an overhead compartment, or a dog getting frozen to death in the hold. These incidents are suggested or described but not shown.

Sex

Light references to sex (and homosexuality); jokes about pregnancy, extramarital affairs, etc.

Language

Some bleeped swearing and audible terms like "bitch."

Consumerism

Airport merchants include McDonald's, W. Smith, Claire's, and Clarke. They're mentioned by name, and sometimes their logos are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Verbal references to alcohol and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series pushes the envelope when it comes to racial and ethnic stereotypes, which could offend some viewers. Some characters are racist or dishonest, while others treat customers poorly, etc., and occasionally make verbal references to sex, alcohol, and cigarettes. There's also some bleeped swearing as well as audible terms like "bitch," along with some visible and audible brand names.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVictor D. June 7, 2017

Hilarious and entertaining

This series is about an airiport and it geos through the people who work there and all sorts of staff, this show is unsuitable for under 14 year olds because it... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAgeRestrictionUSA February 9, 2014

Sexual Innuendo

"Come Fly With Me" Is a very funny comedy for teenagers aged 15+. Some scenes are OK y but some scenes contain: gay men making out, strong language su... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 10, 2011

Funny!!!

Its SOOOOOOOOOOOO funny!! but its a bit rude... A great tv series :)

What's the story?

Matt Lucas and David Walliams (best known for their sketch comedy hit Little Britain) apply their shtick to airline culture in COME FLY WITH ME, a BAFTA-nominated mockumentary series that documents the lives of various airport employees. Among the kooky characters -- all played by Lucas and Walliams -- are married pilots Jackie and Simon Trent, passenger liaison Moses Beacon, and paparazzi Mickey Minchin and Buster Bell.

Is it any good?

Poking fun at the fly-on-the-wall British documentary series Airport and Airline (which spawned a U.S. reality series of the same name), Come Fly with Me offers Little Britain stars Lucas and Walliams the chance to create an all-new roster of kooky characters and, basically, do what they love. But whether Americans will embrace the show's blatantly British humor and love it, too, is up in the air.

With so many characters sharing screen time (and two actors practically playing them all), it stands to reason that some creations will be funnier than others. But married pilots Jackie and Simon Trent, at least -- whose hilariously dysfunctional dynamic as "Britain's first husband-and-wife flying team" stems from Jackie's jealously over Simon's one-time indiscretion with a female flight attendant -- are funny enough to land their own programme ... er, program.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fine line between satire and stereotyping. Can something be funny and offensive at the same time? Do any of the characters on this show cross the line?

  • How does the show use satire to make light of current events, including terrorism and airport security? Is throwing humor at the problem disrespectful -- or refreshing?

  • This series was nominated for a prestigious BAFTA in its native Britain. Do you think American audiences will embrace it? Is there a cultural gap when it comes to any of the show's humor?

TV details

For kids who love to laugh

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