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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series offers interesting historical details about America, but packages these stories in some coarse humor and stereotypes thanks to its comedic host. The show contains lots of bathroom humor, as well as some references to infidelity and other sexual innuendo, some salty language (“ass,” “hell”), and drinking. This being said, it also sends a very strong and positive message about the United States and its distinctive history and culture.
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What's the story?
ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY is a reality series that reveals some interesting (and sometimes unusual) details from America’s history. Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, a.k.a. Larry The Cable Guy, travels America’s back roads in order to find the people, places, and things that define and/or represent the country’s unique small town history and culture. From learning about the history of etiquette from Emily Post’s great grandchildren in Vermont to understanding the historical relationship between moonshine and Nascar in Georgia, the down home host uncovers details about America that may be out of the ordinary, but that make this country great.
Is it any good?
The series shares historical details that are unique to America’s small town culture, but does so with the help of the host’s trademark hillbilly gags and bathroom humor. As a result, the show feels more about the comedian than about the country’s distinctive history.
In its own way, the series celebrates the uniqueness of America. There are some mildly funny moments, too. History buffs might be disappointed in the way these stories are being presented here, but folks who like this sort of humor will find it entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about American history. Do you know of any stories or customs that form part of the country’s history? If someone were to tell these stories on television, how would you want them to be told?
What are cultural stereotypes? Where do they come from? Do you think some of these portrayals featured here are stereotypical? Why or why not? Do you think the stories here would be told differently if it were the actual Daniel Lawrence Whitney, instead of Larry The Cable Guy, telling them?
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