The Catherine Tate Show

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British sketch comedy is fun for teens and up.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Body humor (passing gas in a crowded car, for instance) and jokes at the expense of homosexuals, the mentally ill, and other fairly mild character stereotypes are the name of the game.

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Sexuality is sometimes the brunt of jokes, as with an effeminate man who discounts assumptions that he's gay.


Various versions of "f--k" are bleeped; words like "Christ," "ass," and "s--t" aren't.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some scenes show adults smoking or drinking beer, wine, or champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this British sketch comedy series pokes fun at exaggerated character stereotypes (a crotchety grandma, an impertinent teen, etc.) as well as issues like mental health, homosexuality, and body humor. Strong language and mature themes are the main concerns, but it's likely that little of what's shown here will be new to teens. (It's worth noting that the show is a big hit with British kids, who've latched on to several of its catchphrases.)

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What's the story?

In British sketch comedy series THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW, comedienne Catherine Tate stars as a multitude of outrageous characters whose various antics are fodder for the show's rib-tickling humor. The multi-talented Tate -- whose comedy style is reminiscent of Tracey Ullman -- plays a bevy of regular characters, including an overtly effeminate middle-aged man who scathingly responds to assumptions that he's gay with a condescending "How very dare you"; an uncouth woman who often finds herself in embarrassing situations; a crotchety elderly woman who hides a foul-mouthed, racist side; and an impertinent teen who's never without something to say (often along the lines of a bored "Am I bovvered?" -- which has become a huge catchphrase in England) about life's little travesties. Each episode includes about eight brief skits, with Tate bolstered by a revolving cast of supporting comics.

Is it any good?


In addition to starring in the series, Tate also writes much of the material; the outcome is 40 minutes of very satisfying comedy -- especially for those who appreciate British humor (though Tate's talent allows her to transcend the cultural barrier). But check it out before letting your teens tune in, as the language can be strong and issues like sexuality are often at the heart of the humor.

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TV details

Cast:Catherine Tate, Derren Litten, Matthew Horne
Network:BBC America
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 11 years old June 1, 2013


The Catherine Tate Show, although rude and sexually explicit, is a MUST WATCH for any mature kid over 11. To be honest, anyone could watch this show for laughs, because it would appeal to all audiences. Watch this. Seriously do.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2013

not for the tots

this is a very funny programme but due to the intense talk of homosexuality it really isent for the little ones i say age 16
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old March 29, 2012

It's over rated

Oh my gosh!!! This is so funny. Lauren is now my role model!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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