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The Amanda Show
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this show is mired in violent cartoon humor, questionable social behavior (including stereotypes), and strange gross-out punchlines that dilute the appeal of star Amanda Bynes. Kids will find this show very stimulating, though whether they're agitated or amused after watching it is something to observe.
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Is it any good?
Violence has a deeply rooted history in slapstick comedy -- The Three Stooges made it into an art form back in the 1940s. But for young viewers, violence like that found in THE AMANDA SHOW is disturbing precisely because it is the point of the skit, rather than a side note. This is certainly not a show to relax with, as it is so chaotic and loud that the effect is unsettling.
Some questions that are raised here have to do with desperation and parody. There is a sense in the show that nothing is sacred and nobody is safe from being ridiculed or being subjected to play violence. For adults this may be appropriate, but for young audiences, it's hard to know what is acceptable and what is off-color. What will people do for a laugh? What do we gain or lose when people are made fun of or hurt for laughter's sake? Is extreme anger funny or scary? How does it feel to watch family members yell and scream, even when it is supposed to be funny? The Amanda Show treats these issues as non-issues, which is exactly why parents should take the time to view this show with their kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between being funny and being crude. Can a joke be successful without disrespecting the participants? Does hitting someone in the head with a computer console make for good laughs? How does it feel when someone makes fun of another person's accent or cultural background?