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By Gemma Agravante, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Timely but crass topical criticism in cringey Colbert 'toon.

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age 18+

The Most Biased Cartoon I Have Ever Seen

On February 9, 2022, after enjoying that day's new episode of "South Park", this show premiered, and it was the first time I've had an overall negative experience watching a cartoon. This show is all about the promotion of ideas on one side of the political spectrum, and many scenes are focused more on ideology than jokes. For example, the first episode portrays people on the other side of a certain medical issue as self-proclaimed idiots, and it's bad enough that those same people were smeared during Canada's real-life 2021 election campaign! As for celebrities who the writers of this show don't like, they just badmouth them without even bothering to depict them in any way. (Joe Rogan is accused of advocating disgusting methods of healthcare and, in the fifth episode, Tucker Carlson is accused of promoting race wars.) On a related note, in the seventh episode, a couple characters casually mention that the heatwave is causing birds to vomit, but we never see or hear any proof of that! Also, the second episode depicts people walking down the street with their flies unzipped just because they willingly listened to a "canceled" song! People complained about the ideological bias of "Santa Inc.", but I find that to be a guilty pleasure, especially when compared to "Fairview"! I don't recommend "Fairview" for casual viewers at all. In fact, I only recommend it for critically-thinking adults who want to see art at its most biased.

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Producer Stephen Colbert is no fool; he knows precisely the niche he's signing his name to -- a show that may not even be funny, but that might actually be the idea. Calling Fairview irreverent is an understatement, and the show doesn't quite register as enjoyable. The writers just lob lewd jokes at us and hope a few will stick. It's self-deprecating and over the top, bombarding us with gross visuals, leaving viewers wincing at insensitive jokes. Where would satire be without existential dread, amirite? Overdrawing human behaviors and ideals en masse, Fairview layers cultural commentary on heavy. Laughter gets muddled around the social issues tackled here.

Beyond that, Fairview asks its audience to be attentive, to look at global issues with a wide lens, to ask big why questions, and to consider how individual choices affect a community's ability to thrive. Parents and caretakers using Fairview as a common ground can open up space for challenging dialogue around tough issues. The catch? In order to fully grasp the nuanced social commentary and wit of the production, you'll have to sit through at least 22 minutes of dark, asinine humor. Expect profanity and high levels of cringe, but remember: For satire to be good it has to be smart -- and this, somehow, is.

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