Gigi Does It
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Quirky granny comedy has fun character but misses its mark.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
You can try new things at any age. Racial, ethnic stereotyping.
Positive Role Models
Gigi is tough, anxious, occasionally crude; Ricky is gentle.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing, comedic violence, including an accidental shooting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo; crude comments, sex toys, porn references. Most nudity blurred (except for art).
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"Ass," "hell," "bitch," "damn," "pussy," "s--t"; "f--k" bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gigi Does It is a comedy series about an elderly lady, Gigi (who's played by middle-aged actor David Krumholtz). It contains lots of sexual innuendo and crude humor, as well as strong language ("ass," "bitch," "p---y," "s--t"; "f--k" bleeped). Live-action nudity is blurred, but artistic nudes are visible. There's some arguing and comedic violence, including a shooting. Racial and ethnic stereotyping is commonplace throughout the series.
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What's the Story?
GIGI DOES IT is a mockumentary-type comedy series about Gertrude Rotblum, aka Gigi (played by David Krumholtz), a 76-year-old Jewish grandmother who discovers she's a multimillionaire thanks to her frugal late husband. The now-rich Boca Raton resident decides that she wants to live her life to the fullest and hires Ricky (Ricky Mabe) as a personal assistant to help her along the way. From buying a gun to protect herself at home to harassing her grandson via text message, Gigi is living it up one adventure at a time.
Is It Any Good?
The edgy series, which is filmed as a mock documentary, relies on lots of irreverent humor to tell Gigi's story. However, it quickly gets bogged down by endless cheap laughs and obvious stereotypes, which makes it more tiresome than funny as time goes on.
David Krumholtz's performance as an elderly woman is excellent, and there are occasional scenes, especially when Gigi interacts with non-actors, that will elicit the occasional chuckle. It's a series with a lot of potential, but due to a lack of story or consistent writing, it really doesn't have much to offer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about TV comedy's use of stereotypes as a way of being funny and appealing to audiences. Why do people think they're funny? What if they have some truth to them?
Why do you think Gigi is played by a man? Does it add humor or is it too over the top?
- Premiere date: October 1, 2015
- Cast: David Krumholtz, Ricky Mabe
- Network: IFC
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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