Parents' Guide to

No Activity

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Star-studded crime comedy has language, easygoing laughs.

TV CBS Comedy 2017
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Setting aside the cop-show cliché that only the breakthroughs are shown (not the long, hard work that made them happen), this fresh, funny series finds humor in all the tedious moments in between. No Activity is a fine idea, and the joke writers are crackling and inventive. Marooned in a smelly packing cube waiting for the drug cartel to show up, national treasures Mantzoukas and Plemons debate the best persona to adopt when confronting civilians. Is the wild-eyed, gritted-teeth "crazy guy" too cliché? Meanwhile, in the police car, Meadows' Tolbeck begs his partner to use a wire head massager on him. And in the dispatch center, new hire Fatima dreams of potential future careers: "Maybe I'll open a scuba shop or maybe I'll be a rap producer or I could own a juice bar."

It's light, and frothy, and fun, and doesn't ask for anything more from the viewer than that you sit, watch, and laugh. If you have the time and inclination -- and a subscription to CBS All Access -- you could do worse than a little comedy cleanse like this one, particularly if you're a fan of the many, many famous faces to be found in the cast.

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