Garfunkel and Oates

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Funny, raunchy songs are this two-woman show's specialty.

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

Positive Messages

The women occasionally sing about politics and equality. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The women are friends; their songs don't always say nice things about people. 


Occasional pushing and slapping for comedic purposes.


Lots of crude sexual references ("balls," "slut," "t-ts," "p---y"). Simulated sexual activity; nudity blocked out. 


"Ass," "bitch,"  "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol consumption (wine, cocktails) and cigarette smoking. 

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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Teen, 16 years old Written byjessica2004 March 21, 2021

The Loophole is a good Christian song

I just found Garfunkel and Oates song called The Loophole and it has changed my life forever. It has always been so important to me to follow the scripture... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byKayjms May 26, 2018

Netflix says guidance

I think it’s definitely not guidance like Netflix says because there is a lot of mentions of sex, drugs, drinking and bad language. Other than all that the show... Continue reading

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?

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For kids who love women in comedy

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