Parents' Guide to

The Abbott and Costello Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Slapstick comedy geniuses won't appeal to everyone.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

One of the best sitcoms of the 50s!

A great comedy for the whole family to enjoy! Great characters and hilarious scenarios Costello is always tricked into my Abbott!

Is It Any Good?

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The Abbott & Costello Show, which is praised by critics as being one of the greatest TV shows of all time, features the duo engaging in burlesque-style sketches that incorporate a series of running gags without much plot. There's lots of physical comedy, too. The result are routines like the baseball-themed sketch, "Whose on First?," and other famous exchanges that remain popular today.

Thanks to the pair's mastery of the running joke, physical slapstick, and comedic timing, The Abbott & Costello Show continues to serve as inspiration for modern-day comedians, like Jerry Seinfeld. Younger kids may like some of the physical stunts, but not understand or appreciate the genius behind the banter. Others may just find their antics silly or boring. It may be harder to appreciate the show according to today's standards, but it's a true study of comedy as an art form.

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