In the Flow with Affion Crockett

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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Mature sketch show skewers hip-hop (and pop) culture.

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age 18+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Although there's a definite hip-hop culture slant, Crockett's comedy is pretty inclusive (in that no one is generally safe), and the cast includes actors of a variety of races. That said, there's not really a "message."

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Crockett himself could be considered a positive role model (based on talent alone), his characters have magnified flaws and aren't meant to be placed on a pedestal.

Violence
Sex

Some sketches involve sexual humor, including women in lingerie and blurred male nudity.

Language

Bleeped swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), plus audible words like "whore," "hell," "ass," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Audience members drink alcohol in the background during the show. Some jokes/skits also involve drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs like marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the content here doesn't push the envelope as much as, say, Chappelle's Show. But the sketches are still edgy enough to include bleeped language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), audible usage of words like "whore," "ass," "bitch," etc., and sexual humor (including blurred nudity). There's also a late-night feel to the proceedings, complete with audience members drinking alcohol in the background while they watch the show, along with occasional drug humor.

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Adult Written byjohn in mn August 15, 2011

one episode, done

Really bad skits, bad impersonations, bad writing, not funny at all and a waste of air time. They tried everything in this show to get the laugh. Smoking Pot, O... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Impressionist comedian Affion Crockett morphs into a master of disguise during IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT, a late-night-style sketch comedy show executive produced by Jamie Foxx that finds Crockett impersonating the likes of Russell Simmons, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Barack Obama, and Tiger Woods, among others. The show also boasts real-life celebrity guests such as Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Brown.

Is it any good?

OK, so not everybody will relate to all of In the Flow's cultural references. (For example, do you even know who Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is, let alone know him well enough to appreciate a spot-on impersonation?)

 

But nobody can deny that Crockett has a real gift for mimicry. His takes on Simmons, Woods, and Chappelle are particularly uncanny -- and once you Google "Manny Pacquiao," you'll see that even that one is pretty darn good.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of stereotypes in sketch comedy -- especially racial stereotypes. Why do we laugh at certain stereotypes, even if they're technically offensive? Does relying on stereotypes to get a good laugh do more harm than good, or is it all in good fun?

  • How does Crockett's race affect his comedy and pop culture references? Can Crockett crack jokes other comedians can't because of his mixed African-American and Asian heritage?

  • How does this show compare to other sketch comedy series? What, if anything, is it doing differently -- and does it work?

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For kids who love comedy

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