A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some social commentary, stereotyping.
Positive Role Models
Comedians are irreverent.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, no blood, injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partially dressed characters, some crude humor.
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"Hell," "bitch"; curses bleeped, mouths blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Logos like Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky occasionally visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sketches include drinking, pill popping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the 2016 version of MADtv contains the expected irreverent comedy, some of which contains obvious stereotypes and crude humor. Sketches sometimes incorporate comic violence, partially dressed characters, drinking, and pill popping. Words such as "bitch" are audible, but curses are bleeped with mouths blurred. Occasional logos are visible but not prominent.
Is It Any Good?
The funny MADtv reboot continues the tradition of sketch comedy that pokes fun, offers some limited social commentary, and is just plain silly. Like its predecessor, it also contains a fair share of stereotypes, ranging from over-the-top caricatures to comments about different races and ethnicities intended to be funny.
While the new cast adds some freshness to the series, appearances by the original show's alumni anchor many of their performances. Their presence also adds some nostalgia to the show. Fans of the original show will find it funny, but its irreverent humor isn't for everyone.
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