Comic Book Men



Juvenile humor mars reality series about geeky collectibles.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show values obscure knowledge about geek culture and illustrates how that knowledge can be parlayed into a career working in the comics industry. But it also reinforces stereotypes about geek culture, including the prevalence of sexism.

Positive role models

Most characters seem to have an immature attitude toward women and sexuality.

Not applicable

Heavy sexual conversation relating to comic books and other pop culture media, for example a lengthy conversation about which female superhero would be most sexually appealing.


Words like "damn" and "hell" are frequent, plus "lay" in reference to sexual acts. Stronger words occasionally bleeped.


The show takes place largely in a comic book store covered in imagery and products featuring major media characters including Batman, Spider-Man, and many others. A key element of the show features collectors bringing in valuable items to the store for evaluation and appraisal.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional social drinking or jokes about drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series depicts a group of men who work at a comic book store and exhibit frequent juvenile behavior, including thinly-veiled sexual innuendo and a fixation on objectifying women. Expect some occasional language ("hell," "damn," plus bleeped stronger words) and occasional social drinking.

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What's the story?

Set within the comic book and collectible store Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash and its environs in Red Bank, New Jersey, COMIC BOOK MEN is an unscripted reality series chronicling the work adventures of grown men who sell toys and comic books for a living. As they endlessly debate the merits of men and women in spandex, they also encounter amazing collectibles and appraise their true value, in the vein of shows like Pawn Stars or Storage Wars.

Is it any good?


By now, Kevin Smith has become inextricably linked with a very specific kind of entertainment -- his projects are almost always filled with equal parts true insight and juvenile humor. In Comic Book Men, your ability to tolerate the latter will directly impact your ability to appreciate the former.

When the show focuses on amazing collectibles, such as a one-of-a-kind sketch by Batman creator Bob Kane, it's compelling to see the reactions of the store's staff. But when the show consists of these same employees talking about the hottest superheroines or busting each other's chops over some obscure bit of trivia, it's downright obnoxious. There's a reason why it can be annoying to stand in a store and listen to the employees babble on endlessly about some obscure comic book or movie, and Comic Book Men captures that feeling of "just let me buy this book so I can get out of here" effortlessly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's attitude toward sexuality. What kinds of messages do the men's comments about women send? What kinds of stereotypes about "geeks" does this series reinforce or challenge?

  • Do you think any of the toys or books you own will ever be as valuable as the collectibles on this show?

TV details

Cast:Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHightech Redneck July 12, 2014

It's like Pawn Stars with comic books!

It is not as appropriate as Pawn Stars but it's a similar kind of show. They obviously talk about comic book battles and deaths of comic book characters. My only problem with the show is the sexual humor. Overall, a very good show that is super funny and interesting just not for that little kid who wants to watch it because it says comic book or superhero.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2013

Not for 9 and below.

Comic Book Men is about people working in a comic book store. It is very funny, even though it seems like it is only about people talking about comic books in a boring way. This show might not appeal to people who aren't interested in comic books and things like that. It has lots of profanity, consumerism (for comic books), and talk of drugs. Otherwise, this is a show that is enjoyable for geeks and nerds (like me)!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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