LOLwork

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Funny reality show promotes popular humor website.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights some of the day-to-day antics of a successful Internet company with some insight into how a creative work atmosphere can also be successful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Staff members are quirky and entertaining and there are some glimpses of how leader Ben Huh runs a successful business.

Violence

The staff like to purposely rile each other up for kicks, but nothing ever becomes violent. Occasional on-the-fly interviews prompt partial discussions of violent and/or hurt animals, but the company does not post images that feature (or appear to feature) animals that are in discomfort, dead, or who are victims of violence.

Sex

Occasional crude comments are made about animal behavior. Animal genitalia are not supposed to be visible in the website's content.

Language

Words like "hell" and "piss" are audible; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for icanhascheezeburger.com, and the company logo, mascot, and other promotional items are constantly visible. Apple Computers are also prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LOLwork features the staff of the popular Internet humor site icanhascheezburger.com, and serves as a promotional vehicle for the company, and prominently features the company logo, mascot, and other publicity items. Apple computers are also visible. It's milder than other reality-themed shows, but has some occasional iffy vocab ("hell," "piss"; stronger words bleeped), as well as some mildly crude references to animal sexual behavior.

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What's the story?

The reality series LOLWORK features the staff of icanhascheezburger.com, one of the largest humor publishers on the Internet, as they use their talents to enhance images of cats and other animals with grammatically incorrect captions in hopes of getting people to laugh for five minutes a day. CEO Ben Huh heads up the eclectic Seattle-based team, including web content staff like Forest, Paul, and Ali, art director Sarah, and Tori, the production manager. Helping them all out is Monda, the office assistant, while Huh's wife and company editor-in-chief Emily also joins the fray. As the staff comes up with creative (and often wacky) concepts to enhance user-provided video, content supervisor Will and Chief Revenue Officer Todd tries to reign them all in so that the company stays out of trouble while remaining profitable.

Is it any good?

LOLwork offers a real-life version of The Office by featuring the staff engaged in quirky conversations, odd behaviors, and offering their private thoughts about each other in one-on-one confessionals. But underneath the workplace humor are glimpses of what makes the company successful, including explanations offered by Ben Huh about some of the decisions he makes, and how they balance creativity with the practical needs of a successful Internet business.  

Granted, viewers are bombarded with animal videos, company logos, and other images that continually encourage them to go to their website. Meanwhile, most of the show feels like it is being staged and produced to maximize its humorous appeal, rather than trying to create a voyeuristic reality experience. But it is the staff's varied personalities that make the show work, and thanks to them, the series is quite entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a successful Internet business. Why do things like images of animals like icanhascheezburger.com and social media sites like Facebook appeal to the public? How do these things function as profitable businesses?

  • Do humor and entertainment sites have the same responsibility to protect people's privacy as Internet sales and social media sites? What can you do to protect your privacy when you go to any web site? Parents: what are some of ways you can help your family protect itself when going online?

TV details

For kids who love humor

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