A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series uses humor to poke fun at popular culture. References are made to homophobia, racism, abortion, and other issues, but are done in the spirit of poking fun at the absurdity surrounding these issues in everyday life and how they are handled in the media.
Positive Role Models
Kroll is funny and the characters he portrays are memorable -- but usually for all the wrong reasons.
Violence & Scariness
Spoofs sometimes feature kidnappings, beatings, and point-blank shootings (without realistic blood). Teens are shown pretending to shoot their parents and engaging in other disturbing behavior. These events are intended to be more funny than scary.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are sometimes shown in bras, skin-tight leggings, and other revealing clothes; characters occasionally take their clothes off (but no nudity shown). Some skits feature characters kissing in a vulgar fashion and crude sexual references, including the words "t-ts." Abortion and miscarriages are referenced.
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Words like "ass," "bitch," and "crap" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Spanish curses are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computers and Volvos visible. Contains references to a variety of TV shows, like Sex in the City, infomercials for diet products and other services, and a variety of reality shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Skits feature tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and illegal prescription drug use. Drug-related gang behavior is also featured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kroll Show features the edgy and mature sketch comedy of Nick Kroll, who is known for creating colorful characters who aren't always smart or politically correct. The show contains some strong language, crude sexual innuendo, plus drinking, smoking, and drug use in a humorous context. Some skits involve kidnappings, beatings, or shootings. Issues like homosexuality, racism, and abortion are common themes.
Is It Any Good?
From reality TV to social issues, Kroll Show spoofs the people, places, things, and ideas from popular culture for a laugh. But what makes this show a true success is Kroll himself, who molds himself into lively, believable, and memorable characters who are simply fun to watch.
Thsi kind of comedy definitely pushes some boundaries, and while it does offer some social commentary, there are other moments that rely on a few stereotypes or are simply designed to make viewers chuckle. It's not for everyone, but those who enjoy Kroll's stand up comedy or this style of intelligent-but-ironic humor will certainly find themselves laughing. But given the content, it's best left for older viewers.
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