A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Healthy friendship includes having compassion and empathy for others.
Positive Role Models
The friend group portrays healthy, fun friendship by working through issues, having compassion and empathy for each other, and being curious about each other's lives. The friends also show love for each other and support each other through life's ups and downs.
The show's cast is all Black. Most of the cast are men with Nicole Byer and Grasie Mercedes as the two women in the group of friends. Characters from different races aren't always featured in the episodes. Despite this, Grand Crew gives provides a much-needed focus on Blackness in mainstream television.
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Violence & Scariness
Comical slapping and fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual situations such as a scene with characters after having sex, sexual humor such as "don't bang where we hang," "breaking that back," "crotches getting steamy," discussions about sex, a comical scene with full nudity (with genitalia blurred out).
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Swear words like "damn," "hella," a--," "hell." Sexual humor.
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Products & Purchases
Netflix (including actual Netflix titles) and Paddington 2 are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with drinking wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grand Crew is a comedy series showcasing a group of friends as they live and love in Los Angeles. The series features sexual situations and sexual humor, scenes with drinking, and language. The series gives the audience a look at Black millennials with the throughline that Black people are complex, complicated individuals, not stereotypes.
Is It Any Good?
This show is just what fans of the classic "group of friends" conceit need. Featuring some of the funniest people in the business in 2021, particularly Byer, Kellum and Tart, Grand Crew makes for some laugh-out-loud moments, keeping audiences entertained and engaged.
The obvious thing to note is that the show features an all-Black cast on mainstream television, something that calls back to the histories of both Living Single and Friends. Fans of both series might be aware that Friends came after Living Single, but with its all-white cast, Friends was marketed much more than Living Single, which was marketed primarily to Black audiences despite having a multicultural fanbase. Now, many years later, Grand Crew's primetime slot illustrates that not only are Black casts marketable to multiple audiences, but they are important to giving audiences a full view of American life. The show comments on its own universality by starting out with a monologue by longtime comedic actor Garrett Morris, who says that Black men aren't just stereotypically mean and gruff ("We got layers, y'all"); they're also sensitive, have needs, and have desires that many might not understand they have. It's a bold introduction to a series that aims to showcase that Black people are people too.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.