Kenny vs. Spenny

Common Sense Media says

Crude, but less dangerous than Jackass.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Even though Kenny and Spenny have a strong friendship and good relationships with their families (some of whom make cameo appearances), their competitions -- lighting farts on fire, flirting with homosexual men to see who does "better," an obesity contest, etc. -- are the very definition of juvenile and will certainly offend some viewers. And, in their quest for victory, both are willing to cheat.

Violence

Some friendly roughhousing and good-natured insults between friends, but no violence.

Sex

No sex, but some glimpses of male butts (particularly in the farting competition -- during which, one of the guys inserts a rubber tube into his rear end in an attempt to add more air to his system so he can break the biggest wind), and some competitions have a sex-related angle (one involves trying to go the longest without getting an erection, for example). The guys are more than willing to disrobe when a contest calls for it, and Kenny in particular seems to enjoy sitting around in his underwear, which isn't a pretty sight.

Language

Some mild cursing ("ass," etc.). Stronger words (like "s--t") are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Kenny Hotz, Spencer Rice
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDanielFromDownUnder November 11, 2012
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18
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A brilliant revival of reality TV

For teens, this show is great. Being a youth myself, I have found that I've lost countless hours watching this show with my friends and sister. Being the target audience (male teens), I can fairly say that this show does its job, and very well. It is smoth, watchable and above all downright hilarious. However, to anyone out of the target demographic (under 12, over 25ish) Kenny vs Spenny would be deemed disgusting trash.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byfckniqqasup July 4, 2012
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3
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niqqa show be tight AF

awesome show man i luv dis shiet sssssssson
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 February 25, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Ahhhhhh this show is crap

I only watched the first few episodes before I moved to south park crap not funny at all
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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