Deon Cole's Black Box

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Comedy/clip show has cursing and race-related humor.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Cole pokes fun at current popular culture topics, especially those that are race-related.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Deon Cole is an Emmy-nominated comedian, but this is not discussed on the show.

Violence

Humorous verbal and visual references to hitting, slapping, and suicide, but nothing violent happens on the show.

Sex

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.

Language

Words like "hell, "ass," "bitch," and curses like "Goddamn" and "bulls--t" are audible. The "N" word is bleeped.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pictures from newspapers, web sites, and TV show clips feature images of people drinking, smoking, and smoking pot.

What 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.

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What's the story?

DEON COLE'S BLACK BOX is an unscripted comedy featuring comedian Deon Cole talking about whatever is on his mind. The series, which is executive produced by Conan O'Brien, features Cole putting his own unique spin on today's popular culture issues, ranging from controversial issues like race to strange, random events. He also offers his opinion about interesting celebrity moments. Adding to the fray are specially-produced music videos and comedy skits, which generate some additional laughs.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes a joke funny? When does a joke go from being humorous to being offensive? Why do comedians often use swear words as part of their comedy style? Is using stereotypes and/or racial slurs to generate laughs appropriate, even if some folks think it's funny?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 10, 2013
  • Cast: Deon Cole
  • Network: TBS
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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