A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Sketches offer social commentary that can be thought-provoking. Positive ideas include comedy as a worthy medium to explore race, racism, toxic masculinity, transphobia, and other social justice issues. What you see on social media isn't always real; connect in real life to get the real person.
Positive Role Models
Michael Che is kind of an anti-hero. The skits and his reflections on the topics they examine are often provocative, but Che has an air of apathy that sometimes undermines his messages. The show features a diverse cast of guest stars, including Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Omari Hardwick, Godfrey, Billy Porter, Method Man, and more.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional violence (or talk of violence) is played for laughs and isn't graphic or scary. A man is shot in one skit, but the actual shooting isn't captured; viewers see blood on the man's hand. Another skit features police who harass Black kids, one almost points a gun at a kid, and an officer shoots another kid's basketball. A joke references prison rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two instances of non-sexual full frontal male nudity. Men ogle, objectify, and touch women for their own pleasure under pretense of being a personal trainer (this in a show partly about toxic masculinity). In other episodes, a man brags about his skill at "cunnilingus" and propositions a woman on a first date, a man masturbates under a medical gown, prostate exams are sexualized, and pornography is referred to.
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Regular swearing includes "damn," "ass," "s--t," "a--hole," and "f--k." Also used are "ho" and the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Rare references to common brand names like the Yankees and the iPhone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol or appear drunk in a couple skits. In one skit, Che references having been drunk for several nights in a row.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that That Damn Michael Che is a sketch comedy show created by and featuring comedian Michael Che and guest stars actors, singers, and Saturday Night Live colleagues. Each episode offers up dark humor and social commentary on themes such as racism in policing, love and relationships, and coronavirus-vaccine skepticism. Minimal violence is played for satire and is not graphic or scary, for instance, a man who gets shot and doesn't want an ambulance called because of financial concerns. Sexual content is also not graphic, save for when a character masturbates (obvious but covered); expect references to sex or masturbation, wanting sex, not having sex, and objectifying women. Regular, though not gratuitous, swearing includes several uses each of "damn," "ass," "s--t," "a--hole," and "f--k"; other language includes "ho" and the "N" word. The show's mature content makes it best suited for older teens and adults who are fans of Michael Che or thought-provoking comedy.
Is It Any Good?
This intriguing show is less laugh-out-loud comedy, more laugh-through-tears satire, and it can be an uneven ride. With caustic humor and an intelligent eye, That Damn Michael Che explores modern American issues through Che's particular Black, male, straight American perspective. The six episodes borrow structure from Che's day job, Saturday Night Live (sketches, faux commercials), but his sharing personal reflections and stories give the show a surprising and welcome intimacy. Some of the not-to-be-missed sketches include the parody commercial for the "Protest" FitBit, with an "ally alert" that reminds White people to apologize to a person of color, and the "Quick and Easy Things You Can Do to Not Get Shot by Police" PSA.
Sadly, some sketches fall flat, as in the one about a guy who masturbates after his pretty nurse leaves the exam room. Later, she shows friends a picture she'd snapped during the exam, of him, fully nude, and they laugh about his "shrimp dick." "Men can be sexist jerks, but women aren't much better" is not profound social commentary. This and other "yes, but" scenarios don't inspire viewers to critically examine the issue at hand. While the show can be inconsistent, there's certainly enough good stuff here to keep viewers thinking and entertained.
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