What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some viewers may find the humor of this improvisational "mockumentary" comedy -- which follows an inexperienced radio host who becomes popular due to his silly, tactless, and often offensive on-air commentary -- insensitive rather than funny. Expect some strong sexual innuendo, references to violence, and salty language ("bitch," "ass"). There are frequent quest appearances by celebrities like Kiefer Sutherland.
What's the story?
FREE RADIO is an improv comedy series about Lance (Lance Krall), a rather dimwitted radio intern who, after the station's popular shock jock leaves for another gig, becomes the host of his own show, \"Moron in the Morning.\" Along with weather-girl-turned-co-host Anna (Anna Vocino), Lance interviews A-list guests ranging from TV stars to fashion trendsetters. His awful interviewing skills -- which usually result in ridiculous gaffes, on-air temper tantrums, and insulted celebs -- make him pretty hard to take seriously. But, much to the dismay of station manager James Reed (Brian Huskey), Lance's serious lack of talent scores major ratings.
Is it any good?
This mockumentary-style series features lots of subtle humor resulting from reactions to Lance's foolish commentary. The best moments actually come from the celebrity guests' responses to the actor's improvisational style. But some viewers might find Lance's remarks too insensitive to be funny.
Free Radio isn't an age-appropriate choice for young kids or even young teens, especially since it includes some strong sexual innuendo and some salty language. But for viewers mature enough to handle it, the series offers some great entertainment.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about intentionally rude or insensitive behavior in TV shows (particularly comedies). What's the difference between "poking fun" at someone and being insulting? Is it OK for comedies to cross the line between the two? Who decides what's funny and what's just plain rude? Families can also talk about the mockumentary genre. What kinds of things make these comedies look or sound like real documentaries? Does anything make it obvious that they're not?