A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Garfunkel and Oates is a quirky musical comedy series starring the eponymous duo famed for their sweet but raunchy novelty songs. As with their music, the show contains lots of crude sexual references, simulated sex acts, and strong language ("bitch," "ass," "s--t"). It also features some drinking and smoking. Older teens who like this sort of thing will be drawn to it, but it's not for kids.
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What's the story?
GARFUNKEL AND OATES is a comedy series starring improv comedians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci as themselves and as their musical comedy alter egos. Known as Garfunkel and Oates on stage, the duo navigates the Los Angeles-area comedy circuit singing parodies about subjects such as boyfriends' genitals, bad sexual experiences, and what it's like to be single women in their late 20s.
Is it any good?
The quirky series, which is produced by Fred Savage (of The Wonder Years), offers a mostly fictitious look at the folk-singing duo's professional lives by combining comedy narratives with their musical performances. Much of the show also focuses on their disastrous personal lives, which, luckily, provide lots of material for their act.
It's meant to be lighthearted and fun, but the humor will seem flat to those who don't appreciate seemingly endless crass sex jokes, which often are central to the songs featured here. But Garfunkel and Oates fans who have been following their career over the years will certainly find the series fun and their music appealing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes something funny. Why do comedians push the boundaries of what's appropriate to talk about? Is it possible for them to go too far?
Families also can talk about women in comedy. Have you ever heard that "women aren't funny"? Why do you think some people believe this? Do you agree?