Parents' Guide to

The Carmichael Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Comedian's show gleans laughs from polarizing news events.

TV NBC Comedy 2015
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

I like it alot

Ok so I am a white man who watched this program and wow I really liked it laughed alot and found the family loveable I say give it a Chance u will like it the whole family is funny

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This sitcom's talented cast takes material borrowed from Carmichael's stand-up routines and runs with it, so much so that the assumed star fades from prominence in the company of Devine and Grier. This family definitely puts the fun back into dysfunction, what with Cynthia's Bible-thumping, Joe's overblown opinions, and Bobby and Nekeisha's indeterminate post-divorce relationship. By comparison, Jerrod and Maxine come across as a bit boring, making the scenes that omit their entourage feel underplayed.

It's not the first sitcom to tap into the ills of unwelcome family influence for laughs (think Everybody Loves Raymond meets The Nutty Professor), and The Carmichael Show is inarguably funny, but it also takes a big chance by going political with much of its content. Rather than giving viewers a 30-minute escape from real life, the show leans on current incarnations of issues such as racial profiling, gun violence, police brutality, and civil disobedience, referencing divisive news events by name and making light of the fallout. It's a bold line to walk, especially for a traditional sitcom, but it could be the key that keeps people watching.

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