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By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mockumentary punches down too often to be truly funny.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not as good as the others but Chris Lilley fans will like it

Full of swearing and sex, Chris Lilley new shows doesn’t quite do as well as his other but is still funny in the Chris Lilley way. This is a must see to Chris Lilley fans, otherwise you can skip this average comedy if you are not into him.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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When Chris Lilley's new show debuted, social media exploded with angry jabs at its purported offensiveness and racially insensitive overtones -- and a nuanced take on society's misfits it ain't. Comedy can and should push the envelope, but far too often Lunatics veers past "edgy" and into "just cruel" in a way that's just lazy. People's disabilities and deformities are frequently made into punchlines, and there's a mind-numbing repetition to a lot of the toilet humor that makes the 40-minute episodes feel like an absolute slog.

There's also something just plain uncomfortable about seeing 44-year-old Lilley -- made up as 12-year-old wannabe player Gavin -- acting like an aggressive and relentless sex pest toward preteen girls. Outsized and outraged initial reactions aside, the most damning thing about Lunatics might just be how flat a lot of its humor falls, though Lilley superfans may feel differently.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 19, 2019
  • Cast: Chris Lilley
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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