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Little Britain USA
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this outrageous sketch comedy series has even more iffy stuff than the original British version. It relies on exaggerated stereotypes for most of its laughs, poking fun at minorities, homosexuals, and overweight people, among many others. Sexual content is prevalent and graphic: Men in nude body suits simulate sex, a man ejaculates in his pants, and references to blow jobs, masturbation, and pornography are common fare. In cross-dressing scenes, men strip to reveal female undergarments and nude female body suits. Language is also pervasive; multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "damn" are unedited.
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What's the story?
In LITTLE BRITAIN USA, acclaimed British comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas take aim at America, and no one is safe from their skewed view of life on this side of the pond. The sketch comedy series -- spun off from their own over-the-top original, Little Britain -- uses the stars' edgy brand of character-based humor to poke fun at various aspects of American society, from life in the deep South to the deep affection we have for our pets. Walliams and Lucas revive many of their popular characters -- including judgmental weight-loss coach Marjorie Dawes and flamboyantly homosexual Daffyd Thomas -- and also introduce several new ones bred of their off-kilter impression of life in the States.
Is it any good?
American fans of the original Little Britain don't need to worry: A transatlantic move hasn't dulled the duo's work. U.S. audiences may even end up preferring this version, since the social undertones will be more familiar to them than the British ones were -- making the humor just that much more relatable. The show also benefits from a number of American guests who shine along with the stars, including Rosie O'Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, and Sarah Chalke.
While Walliams and Lucas are happy to prove once again that there's no edgy comedy challenge -- be it obese female body suits or adult breastfeeding -- they can't take on together, this over-the-top series definitely isn't for younger viewers. From language to sexual content, it's as graphic as you'd expect a pay-cable series to be, and no group is spared from the duo's barbed jokes. So save this one for after the kids are in bed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different styles of comedy. How would you characterize the humor in this series? How does it compare to that of other shows or routines you've seen? Did you find these skits funny? Do you think it's fair to get laughs at the expense of others? How do you think people at the brunt of these jokes feel about them? Have you ever been laughed at? How did it feel? Viewers who've seen the British version can compare the two shows.