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Little Britain USA



U.S. take on Brit hit pushes the comedy envelope.
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2008

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series derives humor from stereotypes; groups mocked include Hispanics, Southerners, homosexuals, the handicapped, the overweight, and many more. Body humor is prevalent -- in one scene, a man pees on a swimmer in a pool; in another, a woman crouches behind a bush in a park to poop.


A few scenes feature guns, but they're just props, and there's no shooting.


Simulated sex between men in anatomically correct nude suits. Lots of bare female breasts and butts, most often during the two male stars' cross-dressing skits. Sexual references are common and ribald; one episode alone includes graphic mention of masturbation, blow jobs, lesbianism, transsexuals, pornography, and sexual desire between men. In one segment, a man gets an erection and ejaculates in his pants.


Frequent, uncensored use of everything from "damn" and "ass" to "f--k" and "s--t."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some lighthearted references to drinking and drug use, none of which mention realistic consequences of the actions.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

TV details

Premiere date:September 28, 2008
Cast:David Walliams, Matt Lucas
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old January 20, 2010


This show is crude, rude, racist, sexist, homophobic, disgusting, vile, vulgar, filthy, disrespectful and inconsiderate. Disgraceful. Stick to the original. :(
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byRyukGodOfDeath April 18, 2009

Not Impressed

my friend told me about this show so i watched 1 or to episodes. but wen i watched one of the episodes, my mum watched with me and was really disterbed. I love a good comedy, but i agree withcommonsencemedia on this one, if anything goes over the boundries of southpark, i shall leave it to burn!
Adult Written byCaringLady April 22, 2016

Original show is better and less shocking (see my review)

This version has a white Southern grandma with a racist & druggie past. Contextually it makes sense (for her age & geography) but it is cringe worthy to hear the outrageous dialogue in this skit nonwtheless. And young people won't get that this sketch is a SATIRE of racist America, not a racist sketch in and of itself. . The other new sketch involves to macho men jocks in the locker room normally naked, making sexist remarks in Valley boy accents. I found it unfunny & unnecessarily vulgar. And why the nudity? Did the writers really thinkAmerica is so crass & uncouth? (Ugh.) The final addition (that I recall) is having Fat Fighters instructor Marjerie replaced with the racist pie competition lady, where it is revealed she is a KKK member. Does LB not know that the Klu Klux (along with 9/11 & rape) is one of the FEW things that is too astoundingly taboo to include in a comedy plot/joke?? They took an sufficiently edgy show and marred it in outdated stereotypes hiding behind chuckles. A misstep to say the least.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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