A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's an anything-for-a-laugh sensibility to the show that means any positive messages go far out the window.
Positive Role Models
Beyond the fact that the contestants are (presumably) all successful entertainers, there are no positive role models here. They do a reasonably good job of putting together a diverse cast, but then there are a lot of inappropriate jokes made.
Violence & Scariness
There's no violence present, but occasionally violence is played for a laugh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is no sex, but there are a lot of jokes about sex, most of which push the envelope. There are also plenty of fake penises and breasts used as props.
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Just about every curse word you could imagine. "F--k," "c--t," "bitch," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
They give the contestants brand-name beers at one point, and sometimes contestants plug their other projects.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's no smoking or drugs, though those topics are ripe for making jokes. Contestants drink and are encouraged to drink by producers, but no one gets noticeably drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LOL: Last One Laughing is a Mexican game show with subtitles in which 10 comedians and entertainers try to make each other laugh in order to win money. The contestants are trapped in a room, and the last person that laughs wins one million pesos. Working off the top of their heads, the comedians joke about explicit and potentially offensive topics, including sex and bodily functions, as well as push the boundaries of what is acceptable in terms of sexism and homophobia. The comedians also use props and costumes, including fake penises and breasts. In other words, there's a lot of explicit content.
Is It Any Good?
There's a fun concept at the heart of this over-the-top series, which the show refers to as "an experiment." That seems right, because the experiment is mostly a failure. The comedians mostly come off as desperate for a laugh -- because they are! -- and they only pick the lowest hanging fruit for their material. It's a reminder that even professional comedians -- unless they're Robin Williams or that caliber of genius -- aren't always just funny off the top of their heads. Good jokes need time and craft to really pay off. Plus, there's an extra level of awkwardness that comes from the artificial set-up in LOL: Last One Laughing. It might have been funnier, not to mention more fun, to just watch these ten creative people get paid to hang out for six hours.
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