A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Crashing is a series about an aspiring comic whose marriage ends after his wife is unfaithful. Pete walks in on his wife with another man whom we see totally nude from the front and, later, having sex on a bed with thrusting and graphic talk (no private parts are visible). There are many jokes about sex, including an anecdote in which a man coerces his partner into having oral sex with a drug dealer for drugs. Another main character, Artie, is a drug addict trying to stay clean; he talks frankly about his addiction and the things it made him do, including pooping in an airline seat. Comics tell jokes about smoking pot; many scenes take place at bars with characters drinking cocktails and beer. Characters snort cocaine and smoke cigarettes on-screen. Strong language includes frequent four-letter words: "f--k," "s--t," "hell," as well as words for sex and body parts ("dick," "p---y," "a--hole," "blow job"). Expect jokes about many sensitive topics: religion, sex, race, infidelity, violence. Despite the coarseness, this show can be sweet, with characters attempting to be kind and supportive to each other.
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What's the story?
Pete Holmes (Pete Holmes) had it all planned out. After meeting and marrying his wife, Jess (Lauren Lapkus), while in a Christian college, he decided to let her take care of the bills while he tried his luck as a fledgling comic in Manhattan. "I work at night," he tells his wife. "Like a cop." But Jess, who soon got tired of working all day and coming home to a mess and a husband out telling jokes for free, made other plans. Now she has a new boyfriend, and Pete is CRASHING on the couches of friends such as Artie Lange (Artie Lange). He's lousy at stand-up. He was a lousy husband. He's only a mediocre friend. And Pete's not at all sure what's going to happen next. If great comedy comes from great pain, Pete sure has a lot to work with.
Is it any good?
This hilarious, sad, and scathingly honest series about an aspiring comic may scare legions of would-bes away from comedy -- and marriage. There's a moment in the first episode of Crashing when Pete strolls down a Manhattan sidewalk, en route to a show. He passes a pizza joint, Louie-like, and for a moment, the viewer thinks we're about to see a show we've already seen before. But at Pete's show there are only a handful of people laughing half-heartedly at his jokes about awards show speeches and dollar stores.
And so, set adrift, Pete takes up residence on the first couch he's offered, in the living room of fellow comic Artie Lange, playing a riff on himself. If ever there were a cautionary example of the dangers of success, Lange is it. "You're a legend," says a dazzled Pete, meeting Lange in front of a club. "Yeah, but for doing f--ked-up s--t, not for having a good life," says Lange. It doesn't look like a good life, it's true, these late-night shows for non-wowed audiences, long drives, cheap motels, booze, drugs, and the cruelty of other comics. But it's easy to relate to characters like Pete and Artie, their pain papered over with mockery, and to root for them to succeed. They feel true to life. And they're funny. What's not to like?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different types of humor. Why do some comedians use strong language and/or make crude references, while others don't? Is edgy material funnier than tamer stuff? Do you think Crashing is funny?
Why do different people find different things funny? Teens: What do you find hilarious that your parents just don't get? Why?
How is Crashing different from other shows about comics, such as Seinfeld, Maron, or Louie? They all present lightly fictionalized versions of the comics' real personal and professional lives. Why do you think this is such a common theme for TV shows?
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