Still the King

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Kinda funny country comedy has stereotypes, drinking.

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Positive Messages

Family, friendship, and redemption are all themes. Stereotypes abound. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Vernon isn't a bad person but consistently makes bad decisions.  

Violence

Robberies and post-drunk driving scenes are more comical than violent, but guns visible. References to getting stabbed, killed. Death is a theme. Some cast members are in and out of jail. 

Sex

Strong innuendo. Women scantily dressed, on stripper poles. 

Language

"Hell," "damn," "ass," "bitch"; rude gestures. 

Consumerism

Billy Ray Cyrus sings his music on occasion. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of beer drinking, drunken behavior, and cigarette smoking. A DUI, prescription abuse presented in humorous context. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Still the King is a comedy series that follows the antics of Vernon Brownmule (Billy Ray Cyrus), a country singing one-hit wonder hoping to make a comeback. It has some strong sexual innuendo and lots of drinking, with humorous references to DUIs and substance abuse. There are lots of references to violent moments, and a robbery at gunpoint is shown, but these are all shown in a funny context. The language is strong ("ass," "bitch," etc.), too. (Note that later episodes of the series offer stronger language than earlier installments.) Redemption, single parenthood, and friendship are all addressed, but stereotyping is also common throughout. 

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What's the story?

STILL THE KING is a comedy series that follows the antics of Vernon Brownmule (Billy Ray Cyrus), a country singing one-hit wonder hoping to make a comeback. Twenty years ago, Burnin' Vernon was at the top of the charts with his first hit single. But when his partying led to criminal activity and political scandal, he was kicked out of the industry. Now an Elvis impersonator, Burnin' Vernon hopes to return to his music, but he can't seem to stay out of trouble. Things become more complicated when, after serving time for crashing into a Tennessee country church while drunk, he's informed by parole officer Mitch Doily (Kevin Farley) that he must complete community service and pay a small fortune in back child support for a 15-year-old daughter (Madison Iseman) he never knew existed. Vernon wants to make amends for his past, and build a relationship with his daughter, but her mother, Debbie (Joey Lauren Adams), won't let him until he starts paying. No one will hire him to sing, so he pretends to be the church's new preacher with the help of Walt (Travis Nicholson), the son of his late best friend. 

Is it any good?

This series combines surprisingly solid wit with silly, sometimes stereotypical country humor to create its unique narrative. Colorful characters played by folks like Jon Sewell, Justin Dray, and Leslie David Baker add to the fray, and guest appearances by actors like Randy Travis and Erik Estrada round out the fun. 

There are some uneven moments, and at times the gags get a little repetitive. The endless womanizing and alcohol-related humor gets a little tiresome, too. Nonetheless, if you can get past this, Still the King offers a solid story and enough side jokes to make it entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of Still the King's characters. How can a character be inherently good, but still do so many negative things? How are audiences supposed to feel about such characters?

  • Still the King uses a lot of stereotypes as a humorous way of portraying country life. Would the series still work without them? 

TV details

For kids who love family sitcoms

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