Failosophy

Common Sense Media says

Comedy series showcases awkward and edgy online content.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights how frequently and comfortably people share personal and/or inappropriate information about themselves on the Internet.

Positive role models

Some folks' tweets, posts, and videos discuss and/or highlight inappropriate behaviors, which they view as funny. The show's host/cast occasionally point out inappropriate behaviors, but usually just poke fun at them.

Violence

Occasionally photographs of people can be a little freaky. Contains references to stealing.

Sex

Contains some strong sexual innuendo, including references to having sex, large breasts, and ejaculation. Images and videos of people in sexy poses or acting provocatively while partially undressed (no nudity) are also featured. Bathroom activities are sometimes discussed.

Language

Words like "ass," "damn," and "crap" are audible; stronger words like "f--k" and other curses are bleeped and/or blurred.

Consumerism

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites are prominently discussed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Contains references to getting drunk and selling marijuana.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Failosophy features comedians reviewing and discussing tweets, YouTube videos, Facebook posts, and other online content that feature some accidentally funny and/or inappropriate behavior. It contains lots of strong sexual innuendo (like photographs of people in their underwear and/or in sexy poses), references to sex acts, and strong language ("damn," "crap"; curses are bleeped and blurred). Discussions about stealing, selling drugs, getting drunk, and other activities are also discussed, often in a humorous manner.

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What's the story?

FAILOSOPHY features crazy things that people have said and done online and discusses it with the audience. Hosted by Hasan Minhaj, the series features awkward and/or embarrassing stuff on Twitter, YouTube videos, Facebook entries, photographs, and other online content. A panel of comedians/Internet junkies, including Nicole Byer, Mike Cannon, and Jared Fried, discuss these "fails." The program showcases dramatic re-enactments of some folks' embarrassing personal stories and interview footage of people sharing their most embarrassing moments.

Is it any good?

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The voyeuristic series features a variety of personal conversations that people are choosing to have on the Internet, whether it be through brief "tweets" or by posting pictures and videos of themselves for the public to see. While some of it appears random and/or accidental, much of what is featured is specifically solicited through the show's webpage before airing.

Some of the online content material is occasionally funny, but most of the show revolves on how Minhaj and his panel put the outrageousness into a humorous context.  But underlying this is a disturbing message that reveals how many people are comfortable with publicly featuring and/or discussing personal and/or inappropriate behavior on the Internet, often without thought to the consequences of their actions.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Internet. Why do people choose to put personal images and/or conversations online for the general public to see? What are some of the problems associated with this? Are there any benefits?

  • What personal information should you never put online? Parents: what are some ways you can help your kids surf the Internet safely?

  • Did you know that there are people and organizations dedicated to making sure that anyone can post anything online? Why are they so committed to making sure that this is allowed? Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Hasan Minhaj
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byZaidrie March 30, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

Funny but a little bit inappropriate at times.

It was okay and funny, But I wouldn't let anyone who is younger than 12-13 watch it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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