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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, goofy workplace comedy about two buds in Detroit.

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Positive Messages

Friendship; celebrates the city of Detroit. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sam and Tim are carefree, happy, not always professional. 


Occasional fake beatings (no blood); references to shooting. 


Some occasional crude innuendo, suggestive dancing. 


"Bitch," "ass," "hell," "piss," "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer drinking, champagne. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Detroiters is a comedy series about two best friends in Detroit struggling in the competitive world of advertising. It contains cursing, comic violence, and occasional sexual innuendo. Drinking is visible, too. Friendship is a major theme throughout the show. It's more appropriate for teens than other shows of its kind, but it's not meant for younger viewers.

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What's the story?

DETROITERS is a comedy series about two best friends in Detroit struggling in the competitive world of advertising. Produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels and comedian Jason Sudeikis, it stars comedy duo Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson as Sam Duvet and Tim Cramblin, two guys trying to make a living in the advertising game without talent, connections, or cash. Helping them along is their clueless secretary, Sheila (Pam Vern Harris) and employees such as Lea (Lailani Ledesma), who manage to keep things going. In between producing low-budget ads for local businesses and trying to find new clients, the two business partners, brothers-in-law, and loyal pals try to live life to the fullest. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining workplace comedy features lots of funny moments thanks to some good timing and solid editing. The jokes have a bit of an edge but not enough to take away from the lighthearted nature of the show. Appearances by folks such as Jason Sudeikis and Malcolm-Jamal Warner also makes it interesting. 

As with SNL, it gets silly, and some of the narratives are a little absurd. But the chemistry between Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson makes all the craziness come together in the end. Ultimately, Detroiters isn't the kind of series you take too seriously but a show you tune into when you want to tune everything else out. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes something funny? Who decides? Do you think Detroiters is funny?

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