By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Online cultural satire relies on stereotypes for laughs.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While aiming for satire, the show pokes fun at Christian Fundamentalism and includes bigoted references targeted at Muslims. Characters make fun of a disabled employee. Racism in the workplace is also mentioned.
Positive Role Models
Some members of the newscast think nothing of insulting each other's religion, political beliefs, and even looks. Chilton Chivers thinks nothing of exploiting his staff and the station, including his disabled sister.
Violence & Scariness
Characters comically fall down from high places, trip over equipment, and occasionally die from their wounds (but no blood is shown). References are made to a cast member purposely burning down the station for insurance money.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to adult films, sexual activities, and focusing on women's breasts to get viewers. A cast person is seen in his underwear. Pregnancies and single motherhood are discussed.
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Words like "dick," "crap," and "bitch" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
References are made to social networking forums like Twitter.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References made to drinking and drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this online comedy series tries for cultural satire but relies on racial and religious stereotypes and strong sexual references for laughs. The language is salty ("dick," "crap," "bitch,") and references are made to popular social networking sites like Twitter.
Where to Watch
Based on 1 parent review
Social satire giving perspective on the people who bring us news; great for kids 14+
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What's the Story?
GOOD NIGHT BURBANK is a comedy about the behind-the-scenes drama of a live nightly news show. The online series, which began as a short-form series and expanded to be one of the first half-hour sitcoms created for the Internet, features Laura Silverman and Hayden Black as co-anchors Whitney Appleby and Gordon Winston-Smyth. The hapless reporters read the headlines from a garage in Burbank, California. Field reporters like Paul Lynch (Dominic Monaghan) and Genevieve Nigwa (Diahnna Nicole Baxter), and weather reporter Paisley Parker (Adrienne Wilkinson), also join the team. Managing the fray behind the cameras are folks like former adult movie producer Yan Bobek (Camden Toy), makeup artist Nadira Farhad (Hadeel Sittu), assistant producer Holly Johnson (America Young), and their obnoxious executive producer, Chilton Chivers (Cameron Bender). It's definitely crazy, but somehow they manage to make it on the air.
Is It Any Good?
Like most online comedy series, this web comedy pushes the envelope by mixing slapstick with political incorrectness in order to appeal an online viewing audience. Rather than relying on witty or insightful political satire, it draws its humor from obvious stereotypes about Muslims, conservative Christians, the disabled, and other groups. It also depends on some strong sexual references for laughs.
The show's longer segments makes it possible for more characters and a few more plot lines than its online counterparts. But folks looking for an online comedy that duplicates the comic traditions of television will not find it here. What they will find is a typical Internet series that is both harebrained and irreverent.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about online programming. How does the content of online shows differ from television shows? Why do you think this is? Do you think online shows should look and sound just like television?
Why do comics sometimes rely on stereotypes for a laugh? Do you think this is appropriate? Why or why not? What is the difference between being satirical and just being insulting?
- Premiere date: April 25, 2011
- Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Hayden Black, Laura Silverman
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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