A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cole pokes fun at current popular culture topics, especially those that are race-related.
Positive Role Models
Deon Cole is an Emmy-nominated comedian, but this is not discussed on the show.
Violence & Scariness
Humorous verbal and visual references to hitting, slapping, and suicide, but nothing violent happens on the show.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual humor and commentary on topics like having children out of wedlock, having big breasts, wearing condoms, and orgasms. Sexist references about women and subtle references to homosexuality are also featured. Occasionally pictures show celebs in their underwear.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Words like "hell, "ass," "bitch," and curses like "Goddamn" and "bulls--t" are audible. The "N" word is bleeped.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pictures from newspapers, web sites, and TV show clips feature images of people drinking, smoking, and smoking pot.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deon Cole's Black Box features lots of edgy race-related jokes, particularly as they relate to the African-American community. Older teens should be able to handle it, but thanks to some audible cursing and plentiful sexual humor, it's not really meant for young viewers. Featured news images and video footage also shows folks in their underwear, drinking, and smoking.
Is It Any Good?
From current events to tabloid stories, Deon Cole uses what's happening in the world to underscore the humor and/or irony behind them using his unique comedy style. Much of his commentary also targets the cultural understanding of race and race relations, regardless of whether the stories he discusses are focused on these themes.
Deon Cole's Black Box isn't the most sophisticated of shows, and some of the jokes come across as more silly and stereotypical than as a way of offering any sort of thoughtful social commentary. But there are also moments where you just can't help but chuckle. Chances are that folks looking for some lighthearted humor won't be disappointed if they tune in.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Comedy TV Shows for Teens
Best Sitcoms for Your Next Family Binge-Watch
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate