Do You Want to See a Dead Body?

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Rude jokes and violence in absurd, over-the-top comedy.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Show is hilarious and goofy but messages tend to be on the (satirically) negative side, with Rob and guests delighting in death and mayhem, focusing on morbid topics. When a guest asks Rob if they should call the police after finding a dead body, Rob answers, "No, that's not how this works. We come and find the body and look at it, and then we just go get tacos or something."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rob is a lovable goof who mocks himself and most things, but without rancor. Guest stars generally only stick around for an episode and have a range of personalities; they're also affected differently by the sight of a body, variously finding it moving, funny, irritating. 

Violence

There are fake but sometimes realistic-looking dead bodies on each show, and the camera zooms in on details like disembodied bloody limbs and decayed faces and hands, though it doesn't show them at length. The way each person died is also varied; it could be a man who died in a parachuting accident or a farmer killed by a tractor. Expect gross moments too, like when Rob vomits (fake) blackish blood in order to make a friend feel guilty about hitting him with his car. 

Sex

There are some pretty rude (and absurd) jokes, like in one episode, Rob and Justin Long go to a nude beach and have to strip down (we see them and other male beachgoers only from the waist up); on another, he says he has a date with a girl who's "really hot" with a "huge bush." He then asks a friend if he has any condoms, or if not, rubber bands. 

Language

Language and cursing includes "f--k," "goddammit," "damn," "s--t," "ass," "d--k-hole," "d--k," "mofo," "p---y." Some guests are more profane than others, so the amount of cursing on each show varies. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs play a part in some plotlines and jokes, like when a man goes into a drugstore and asks a pharmacist for "something to keep you awake, pain relief, and antipsychotic medication." Moments later, Rob vaults over the counter and runs away with armloads of prescription bottles and takes handfuls of pills before vomiting all over a car window. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Do You Want to See a Dead Body? is a goofy comedy about a comedian who takes other comics to see dead bodies (not real ones). It's all fake, absurd, and very silly, but there are (sometimes realistic-looking) bodies on each show: a farmer killed by a tractor, a parachutist who died stuck in a tree. The camera zooms in on details like bloody cut-off hands or decayed faces and limbs, but it's all played for laughs. Host Rob Huebel and friends don't call law enforcement, they just come and look and goof around, sometimes doing ghoulish things like brandishing a disembodied hand and arguing over who gets the ring on it. Jokes can veer into crass sexual territory too, like when Rob has a date with a woman who he says has a "huge bush." Drugs can also play a part in the goings-on, like when Rob and a friend steal bottles of pills from a pharmacy; Rob takes a few indiscriminate handfuls and then vomits on a car window (and then doesn't change his shirt for the rest of the episode). Language is frequent, if intended in jest: "f--k," "goddammit," "damn," "s--t," "ass," "d--k," "mofo," "p---y."

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What's the story?

All over Los Angeles, there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and Rob Huebel is the man who somehow knows how to find them. On each episode of this series (which began as a Funny or Die sketch), Huebel runs into a different comic you'll recognize, and asks them the question of the hour: DO YOU WANT TO SEE A DEAD BODY? Even if they don't, they eventually will -- after suffering through a series of absurd events with Rob. 

Is it any good?

Death isn't funny, corpses aren't funny -- but this series starring Rob Huebel and a bunch of comic actors you'll recognize is very, very funny indeed. The corpses, you see, are just an excuse for Huebel to drag a bunch of hilarious people around on ridiculous adventures: hosting an ice cream party in a morgue, going on a romantic double date to see a deceased farmer with Terry Crews (and two game women), trying to rescue John Cho when he gets stuck in quicksand, tricking Adam Scott into hanging out with him by pretending Scott hit him with his car. "You saw me at Chip's party and you blew me off," says a petulant Huebel. "You were with the guys in Hot Tub 2 and you acted like you didn't even know me." 

On the way to find the body Huebel somehow knows about, Scott and Huebel rob a pharmacy and make a run by Huebel's apartment, which he apparently lives in with Morgan Freeman, who threatens to give Huebel a spanking for waking him up before he was ready. Then when Scott and Huebel find the body, a man in a parachute rig who died stuck in a tree, Huebel and Scott regard the body with comic awe. "Thanks for bringing me here, bro," says a humbled Scott, while Huebel muses, "We don't even know what happened. It could be a hitchhiker, or a drug overdose, or a bear attack." It wasn't. It was a parachute accident. But it's a funny moment, and Do You Want to See a Dead Body? is a hysterical show, if the idea of making comic hay from death and mayhem doesn't offend you. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about parody. Do you think Do You Want to See a Dead Body? is funny? What makes it different from a crime drama? Do you have to be familiar with the genre to appreciate the humor here? Could viewers who don't get the humor be offended by some of the jokes? 

  • How would this show change if its stars were looking for something else, like a house to buy, bargains at a store, missing pets, or the answer to a mystery? Would it still be funny? Is it only death that's being satirized here, or are places or people mocked? 

  • Rob Huebel plays a man who's particularly good at finding bodies. Why doesn't the show explain how he does this? Is it important? Is the point of the show really finding dead bodies, or is the appeal actually just watching funny people set in absurd situations? 

  • What other shows can you name with this kind of "different guest stars on each episode" setup? Is this series funnier or less funny? How is it like or different from these similar shows? 

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