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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature college comedy challenges stereotypes

TV BET Comedy 2008
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Somebodies attempts to reflect the real issues that college-educated African-American young adults face as they transition into the professional world. It also brings up existing racial tensions in America, as well various social issues currently impacting the African-American community -- like absent fathers and self-hatred. But these issues get lost in the show's thin story lines and often-weak humor, which includes the occasional "yo momma" joke (which are ostensibly intended to diffuse existing stereotypes). As a result, the series often comes across as more silly than thought provoking.

That said, the show does offer an image of African Americans that moves away from rapper, gangster, or athlete typecasts. And older teens might be drawn to a show about the Southern African-American college scene. But the show's iffy language, alcohol consumption, and references to drugs and violence make it inappropriate for younger viewers.

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