The Crew

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Kevin James NASCAR sitcom has product placement, alcohol.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

The Crew is a workplace comedy that contains positive messages about collaborating, listening to others' ideas, and understanding other viewpoints.

Positive Role Models

Characters exhibit loyalty, sportsmanship, technical skill, and entrepreneurship.

Violence

Occasional joking descriptions of violence. For example, one character jokes about killing an ex.

Sex

Sexual content is limited to basic romantic relationships, dating, etc.

Language

Occasional mild profanity like "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism

Basically a vehicle for product placement, beginning with the NASCAR setting. A wide range of products are seen and talked about throughout the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol, and product placements for beer and hard alcohol are shown. No smoking or drug use seen.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Crew is a workplace comedy about a NASCAR pit crew. It stars Kevin James as the crew chief who tries to keep his team together under new ownership. Most of the comedy comes from the culture clash between the young owner, who comes from a Silicon Valley background and values winning and popularity, and James' team of NASCAR vets, who value loyalty and job security. Over time, the two sides discover what each other has to offer. Like NASCAR itself, The Crew features a ton of product placement from a wide range of products that are seen or spoken about. Characters drink alcohol throughout the show, and many of the scenes take place at a sports bar. Occasional mild profanity includes "hell" and "damn." The series sports frequent guest appearances from NASCAR stars, but no actual racing is shown.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShergill May 3, 2021

Better than the critics’ reviews suggest

We have watched and rewatched several times (the joys of childhood) this with our 10yo. She loves it and so do we. Personable characters and good acting. Flows... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBearduck1 January 22, 2022

What's the story?

THE CREW is a comedy series about a NASCAR pit crew whose beloved owner retires and places his young daughter in charge. Kevin (Kevin James) is the crew chief of a moderately successful team that includes his good friend Beth (Sarah Stiles), the anxious Amir (Dan Ahdoot), steady Chuck (Gary Anthony Williams), and young driver Jake (Freddie Stroma). But when Stanford-educated, Silicon Valley vet Catherine (Jillian Mueller) takes over, she makes it clear that she values success above all else and threatens to fire people if their performance doesn't improve. Kevin and Catherine may not approve of each other's methods, but over time they both realize they can learn a lot from each other.

Is it any good?

Kevin James has made a career out of playing low-key, charming, everyguys, so it makes sense that he runs his NASCAR pit crew like it's a small local business. The Crew gets a lot of mileage out of Kevin's struggle to keep his team intact in the face of his boss's desire to turn it over, but outside of the clash between Silicon Valley and small-business values, the series is another typical workplace comedy. It's basically just an extension of the NASCAR brand, and a further opportunity to please NASCAR's sponsors. Racing stars make guest appearances, and a lot of the jokes are made for NASCAR's fan base at the expense of easy targets like higher education, anxiety disorders, and Broadway musicals. But the series misses a real opportunity to deliver those fans a higher-octane show by offering some behind-the-scenes insight, for example, or showing any racing footage at all. The Crew merely delivers a pleasant ride, but one that never shifts into a higher gear. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Kevin's team. Who are the members of Kevin's crew? What roles do they perform? How do they work together? Are they successful? Why, or why not?

  • What skills does Kevin bring to his job as crew chief? How does he manage his team? What does he value in his teammates? What are his own values? How do these values inform the way he works with Catherine?

  • What is Catherine's background? What are her goals for the crew? What are her values? What tactics does she use? How does this inform the way she works with Kevin? What can they learn from one another?

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