Come Fly with Me

Common Sense Media says

Fictional characters flirt with offensive stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:David Walliams, Matt Lucas
Network:BBC America
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 10 years old July 12, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

come fly with me

:D
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old December 10, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Funny!!!

Its SOOOOOOOOOOOO funny!! but its a bit rude... A great tv series :)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old October 19, 2014
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13
QUALITY
 

Hilarious tv show

this is a laugh-out-loud comedy show set in an airport in England. Lots of comments can offend viewers. It contains a lot of swearing and slang uses of swear words. It also refers to sex quite a lot. But it has very good actors and is a very funny tv show for 14 and up
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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