Parents' Guide to

The Comedians

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Two generations of comics try to get along in fun mock doc.

TV FX Comedy 2015
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The series, based on the Swedish TV hit Ulveson & Herngren, combines the behind-the-scenes drama of Extras with The Office's mock-doc humor. The result is a show that allows the two comedians, who play heightened versions of themselves, to be self-deprecating while poking fun at each other and the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, the pairing of Crystal's patented schtick with Gad's younger, more risqué comic style purposely creates awkward and uncomfortable scenes designed to underscore their professional differences as well as their individually big egos.

The funny factor also often is fueled by Stephnie Weir and Megan Ferguson's strong supporting performances. Guest appearances by famous folks such as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and comedy legends such as Mel Brooks and Rob Reiner also help round out the show. Whether you're a Billy Crystal fan or lean toward Josh Gad's style, you might be surprised by the fact that, although it's a comedy, a dramatic heart holds the show together.

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