Parents' Guide to

Goodnight Burbank

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Online cultural satire relies on stereotypes for laughs.

TV Hulu Comedy 2011
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Social satire giving perspective on the people who bring us news; great for kids 14+

Melissa seems to have missed the point. The show is about the people who bring us the news and why we shouldn't trust them. Goodnight Burbank lifts the lid on the type of people who decide what is news, how important it is, etc - by showing them off as human. Sure, there's some element of "stereotyping" but this is a comedy. I would suggest we watch a few episodes before we definitively call them stereotypes because so far we've only seen one episode - and I think it's pretty judgmental to cast such things in stone on a first impression of one episode. I agree that this show is not for kids. So far there's been no nudity or real swearing but the situations are certainly not for young ones. The laughs are hard and fast and I also have to respectfully disagree with Melissa that the show is like a typical web comedy. There's never been anything like it on the web! But that's also just my opinion :) You should check it out for yourself.

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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.

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