Cunk on Earth
Cunk on Earth
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cunk on Earth is a British mock documentary about human history intended for older audiences. It talks about violent historical events and shows devices like guns, a guillotine, and other weapons, but does so with humor. Historical artifacts and classic artwork depict nudity (and in one case a sexual act), and crude references are made throughout. There's cursing ("s--t," "f--k") too. References to celebs, movies, and music hits, and social media like Facebook and Instagram are constant.
Started funny then slipped.
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What's the Story?
From Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker comes CUNK ON EARTH, a British mock documentary series about human history. BBC presenter Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) travels around the world offering a rather uninformed, but contemporary, narrative about the evolution of humans from the prehistoric ages to today's tech-obsessed society. With the help of historians, scientists, and other experts, she discusses some of the most significant milestones in human history, such as learning how to make fire, developing written language, and creating the computer and Wi-Fi. She also discusses key political figures and events that contributed to the rise and fall of civilizations. Throughout it all, Cunk demonstrates her ignorance, but does her best to inform her audiences as any documentary host would.
Is It Any Good?
The amusing British mockumentary, which is inspired by Diane Morgan's earlier TV renditions of Philomena Cunk, offers lots of quick, dead-pan humor, awkward moments, and occasional schtick. The host's nonstop commentary about real history and historical artifacts uses contemporary (and usually inappropriate) popular culture references, or it's just simply made up. Meanwhile, it's hard to tell if the experts she's interviewing are caught off guard by her ridiculous questions, or if they are playing along to keep the show's momentum going. Also fun are additional devices used to illicit laughs, including embedded (fictitious) promotional sequences and music video segments. There's some entertaining wit here, and a few brief moments of insight, especially when pointing to White patriarchal interpretations of historical events. But Cunk on Earth is also uneven, and the banter sometimes falls flat. Nonetheless, it's still worth watching, and you'll still find yourself chuckling throughout.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Philomena Cunk. Who is she modeled after? How has she evolved over the years into the character she is today?
If Cunk on Earth isn't meant to be taken seriously, why did so many experts agree to appear on the series? Were they expecting the sorts of questions that Philomena Cunk asks?
- Premiere date: January 31, 2023
- Cast: Diane Morgan
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: History
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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