What parents need to know
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.
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.