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Reaching your goals takes a huge amount of perseverance, and staying true to yourself takes just as much integrity. Sometimes, teamwork is necessary to make your dreams a reality.
Positive Role Models
Craig wants to achieve his goal of owning his own business. His goal is also altruistic; he wants to make the memory of his father happy. He develops a hilarious friendship with Jillian, who is also trying to make her life better. Craig is a good father who tries to be a positive role model for his daughter.
Craig Robinson is the lead actor of the series, but the overall cast is only moderately racially diverse. The series does tackle racial discrimination in a funny way, bringing in real-world issues in a digestible format. A blackface joke is featured in one scene. The shining spot of the series is Camille (Stephanie Nogueras), a deaf character played by a deaf, Latina actress. The other characters also interact with her using sign language instead of just speaking and forcing her to only read lips.
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Violence & Scariness
Death of a parent by gun violence and robbery, scene with a car on fire, scene with someone getting run over by a car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Craig walks in on someone he rented his home to making a porn film, involving full-frontal nudity (including breasts).
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Swear words like, "f--k" in many forms, "damn," "s--t," "bulls--t," "son of a bitch," "hell," "titties," "goddamn," ableist words like "dumb." A scene with a blackface joke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Killing It is a mature comedy starring Craig Robinson as a man who stumbles upon snake hunting as a way to make the money he needs to open his own business. The series includes many scenes with language, and one scene with characters acting out a porn scene. The show's violence includes gun violence, fire, and vehicular manslaughter. However, the series has a good message about teamwork, perseverance, and reaching your goals.
Is It Any Good?
Though just a touch above a middling comedy, viewers will have a few laughs and might also learn a bit about the phenomenon of "banking while Black" (racial discrimination in the banking industry). Killing It touches on its societal commentary with a deft hand, and the actors make such a heavy topic as funny and light as it can possibly be.
The show also has heart; its main throughline is about honoring a family legacy, and how to make your loved ones -- and yourself -- proud. The show also gets brownie points for increasing representation for disabled people via the character Camille (Stephanie Nogueras), who is Craig's (Craig Robinson) ex-wife and mother of their daughter. Overall, Killing It is fun and light, even with significant amounts of adult humor.
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