Key & Peele

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Witty sketch comedy series takes on race, stereotypes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show's sketches satirize many of the stereotypes surrounding modern African-American culture, underscoring the role of comedy as an effective way to examine society. But a lot of the skits are just plain silly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Key and Peele represent different examples of the black male experience throughout their skits -- from doctors to gangsters and everything in between. When they appear as themselves, they appear to be genuinely good friends and care for each other.


Obviously fake violence is frequently used as punchlines to sketches -- for example, a sketch about rapper Lil' Wayne in which the rapper is comically stabbed (no blood).


Some sexual content as part of comedy sketches, including suggestive comments about genitalia. Occasional mock sexual activity -- sometimes suggesting crude acts -- but nothing is actually visible.


Frequent use of "damn," "dick" and "bitch." Occasional stronger words bleeped, such as "s--t" and "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drug use, and smoking are occasionally satirized as part of the show's comedy. One of the comedians says he "smokes weed" during an introductory talk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Key & Peele is a sketch comedy series that satirizes stereotypes about the African-American experience. Violence and sexual innuendo are frequent elements of the comedy sketches, though without much detail. The series alternates between intelligent and sharp commentary on African-American life and broader humor that capitalizes on violence and adult language for laughs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnthony V March 29, 2018

Hilarious but not all skits for kids

This show is hilarious but a bit racist. I like it but it is definently for children 12 or above with parent supervision since not all episodes are appropriate... Continue reading
Adult Written byKarch November 27, 2014

It is on Comedy Central. What'd you expect?

It is a great comedy show with many minor lessons and satirical opinions of the creators. It shows aspects of society from their viewpoint in a light which many... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 14, 2021

Key & peele review

This a funny show but it’s strong language and strong sexual
Context is inappropriate for persons under 18+
Teen, 13 years old Written byRatings4U December 1, 2020

Humor at it's best.

Key and Peele is a great show, full of little skits that will make you laugh out loud. It is sort of like SNL, but slightly less crass, and the two same guys ap... Continue reading

What's the story?

Starring comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, KEY & PEELE is a sketch comedy series in which the two comics lampoon stereotypes of African-American culture. From talking "black" to attitudes toward women, the show's satirical viewpoint is both varied and astute.

Is it any good?

Broadly speaking, this series takes aim at stereotypes of African-American culture, not just those visited upon blacks by other races, but also those that African Americans seem to hold against each other. For instance, one sketch mocks the tendency of black men to speak in a more "black" style when they're with each other. Another plays off the tough attitude that men adopt when they're talking to each other about the women in their lives -- and the inevitable softening that occurs whenever those women are present.

When the show goes too broad, the jokes become generic. But when the satire is sharp and keenly focused, Key & Peele is comedy with real muscle behind it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of violence as a punchline. Is it easy to laugh at jokes that heavily involve violence? 

  • What points does Key & Peele make about African-American stereotypes? How does this show's humor differ from other sketch comedy shows?

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