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Kenny vs. Spenny
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series (which is executive produced by the creators of South Park) is all about two young men who compete in really dumb, gross activities -- from trying to measure (and excel at) flatulence to gorging themselves on meat to resisting getting an erection. Kenny and Spenny are childhood friends who, like many guys, have built a relationship around constant attempts at one-upsmanship. But unlike most people, the duo landed a TV show to document their exploits. Though they seem to be having plenty of fun filming their contests, it's much less entertaining for viewers. Expect some swearing (the strongest words are bleeped) and naked butts.
What's the story?
Childhood pals Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice have found a great gig: a reality show in which they sit around their apartment trying to outdo each other in a series of questionable "contests." The result is KENNY VS. SPENNY, a celebration of young men acting ridiculous. Competition has always been an important part of male friendship, but the contests in this show are dubious to say the least. For example: Who can produce the biggest fart? Who can go the longest with getting an erection? Who's more attractive to gay men? With topics like those, it's no surprise that the show's humor is scatological, juvenile, crass, and homophobic. (At least they don't end up hurting themselves as often as the Jackass crew...)
Is it any good?
The duo seem to have a lot of fun hanging out with their film crew as they vie with each other. And although they aren't above a few good-natured taunts, it's clear that Kenny and Spenny have a strong friendship, which is refreshing. But it's not enough to overcome the fact that this show is often simply offensive.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about competition. Kenny and Spenny live to best each other at any event, large or small. Is their rivalry a positive example of competition or a negative one? Why? When is competition healthy, and when does it go too far? Families can also discuss the guys' antics: Does this type of show promote irresponsible behavior? How does it compare to something like Jackass? Do you think producers hope teens will watch this show? Why or why not?