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 although Lucas Bros. Moving Co. is an animated comedy, it isn't appropriate for kids or tweens. The characters are mediocre role models with minimal work ethic and a knack for getting themselves into outrageous situations. Of course, that's also what will draw teens' attention to the show, particularly if they're at all familiar with the stars' comedy routines on which the content is based. Besides some fairly graphic violence (visible bone breaks, beatings, and blood) and strong language ("damn," "ass," and "bitch," for example), the guys dabble in marijuana use in their copious downtime. Sexuality is present to a lesser degree, usually hinted at rather than explicitly shown.
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What's the story?
Twin stand-up comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas (aka the Lucas Brothers) take their material to the world of animation in LUCAS BROS. MOVING CO., the story of their cartoon alter egos, Kenny (voiced by Kenny) and Keef (Keith), and the exploits of their new business. The acquisition of their uncle's van prompts them to start a moving company in their hometown of Greenpoint, but, despite their assurances otherwise, the guys' combined lack of brawn impedes their solitary success. When jobs call for more than they can handle, they call in reinforcements of various shapes and sizes, which always leads to outrageous results.
Is it any good?
Somewhat like the Seinfeld phenomenon that made a show about nothing hilariously funny, Lucas Bros. Moving Co. revolves around the relative nothingness of Kenny and Keef's life with surprisingly amusing results. Not a lot is accomplished in the span of an episode, yet there are multiple opportunities to chuckle over the guys' super chill approach to solving problems. You've been hired to move an oak bed that's too heavy? No problem. Just dial up a few pro wrestlers to duke it out for the job, then sit back and watch the show.
Make no mistake about it: This is mindless entertainment. There are no subtle themes nor any clever satire to be had here. It's literally a story about two guys and their moving van, and their laid-back mannerisms aren't surprising given their affinity for pot. As far as older teens go, though, this is pretty tame stuff.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about this show's appeal. Who is it hoping to attract? Do you think it's better appreciated by viewers familiar with the Lucas Brothers' stand-up material?
Is this show trying to be a commentary on some aspect of society? What do the guys' attitudes suggest about work ethic in general? Do you ever find this kind of attitude to be true among your peers?
Teens: How would this show's effect be different if it featured a live-action cast? Would the same material be more or less comical in their hands than it is in animation? What kinds of content can animators get away with more easily than actors in live-action shows can?
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