Key & Peele

Common Sense Media says

Witty sketch comedy series takes on race, stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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).

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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Broadly speaking, Key & Peele 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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byN25000 February 3, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Hilarious! But be cautious

This is a hilarious show. But for some kids it may not be appropriate.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2012
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14
QUALITY
 

Awesome MOVIE

Hilarious show and most of it is clean
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old December 1, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Very funny, kinda inappropriate

Really funny. Lots of cursing though
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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