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S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy but surprisingly boring hidden-camera show.

TV BET Reality TV 2007
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age 12+

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age 12+

Rant

So don't watch this show with your young children. Simple as that. Whats wrong with watching a show that may not be as outrageous silly and lighthearted as we would like it to be? This show has a message that is still pertinent to today's society. Racism is still around and we are still perpetuating it. This so has shown that not only do those that participate in the active act of prejudice against another person by being actively racist, but that those who are willing to sit back and say nothing are helping it persist in our society. If you cannot handle a tv show that enlightens you to the real issues of our society, and you must instead watch the fluff shows that make you feel all warm and fuzzy and keep you wrapped inside your comfortable bubble, then no this show is absolutely horrible for you. If, however, you would like to be enlightened and understand how racism and prejudice will only cease when people admit how ignorant they are, then yes, you will love this show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Any points S.O.B. earns for its sense of social responsibility are sadly outweighed by its actual entertainment value. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why the show falls short of its noble aims. For one thing, the segments introducing each sketch, which are hosted by actor-comedian D.L. Hughley, come off as slightly strange and inauthentic, in part because they're randomly taped at night in front of a dramatically lit bridge that's nowhere near the action in question. But it's the serious mood of these segments that's especially off-putting. They evoke the somber severity of a show like Unsolved Mysteries rather than the lightheartedness a viewer might expect from a hidden-camera show hosted by a comedian.

Then there's the content. S.O.B.'s sketches are certainly provocative, and the actors who've been hired to say offensive things to unsuspecting victims are extremely good at what they do. But the hijinks never seem to reach a satisfying level of outrageousness, and the victims' responses typically prove underwhelming. Maybe reality TV has trained us to expect human drama and hype on a scale that's simply forced and unrealistic. And maybe that's why S.O.B. seems kind of boring in comparison to other shows of its ilk. In short, S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior isn't a bad show -- and it could actually help you talk to your kids about a long list of worthwhile issues. But it isn't a program with serious staying power. It's as simple as that.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 25, 2007
  • Cast: D.L. Hughley
  • Network: BET
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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