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Los Espookys

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bilingual horror comedy is unique and delightful.

TV HBO Comedy 2019
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Good mostly clean fun

Smart quirky comedy to watch with the kids. Funny social commentary to generate discussion (multi-level marketing, clueless US ambassador, corruption, incompetent bosses). Heartwarming themes of teamwork, friendship, and following your passion. Co-created by Fred Armisen- made for adults, but most of it is perfectly appropriate. Some of the humor does have mature themes (like a neighbor offering sex and pretending to be a virgin)- but nothing explicit was shown and the dialogue passes quickly. My kids only had to close their eyes twice, when the characters watch their favorite horror show about a woman missing an eye. The actual effects of the Espookys are more simple and comical, and the messages are positive.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

While mature, this is a light comedy, but the fact that it's bilingual, takes place primarily in Mexico, and features a predominantly Latinx cast is significant. HBO frequently uses its less-prominent time slots for boundary-pushing comedies, and often they focus on topics or subcultures that don't typically get a lot of run on TV -- they made the right choice taking a chance on this quirky, singular series. Each episode has a lot of fun with whatever horror effects the team happens to be working on, but even beyond that it provides a subtle glimpse into Mexican culture and how a group of artists contends with the day-to-day practical realities of young adulthood. There's nothing else like Los Espookys being made for American audiences right now.

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