The Eric Andre Show

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Late-night parody's ribald content brings some laughs.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The host subjects his cohost, band, and guests to pranks, violent outbursts in which he destroys props and sections of the set. He also takes great joy in pulling pranks on unsuspecting people on the street. Much fun is made of other celebrities for physical appearance or actions, and the show is designed to spoof late-night talk shows as a whole.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andre makes his living making fun of other people, either with their involvement or unbeknownst to them. He also subjects random people to situations that make them uncomfortable or angry for hidden-camera pranks.

Violence

Violent themes exist in some of the show's content. In one scene, Andre holds a gun to his head and pulls the trigger, showing relief when his game of Russian roulette doesn't kill him. In another, a man chases three African-American men dressed as slaves and threatens them with a whip.

Sex

Andre comes on set naked with only his groin covered. He's also seen in his underwear in many cases and subjects the audience to mooning. Lots of talk about sex (homosexuality, orgies, casual encounters, rape, multiple partners), much of which is in slang such as, "I smashed her." He and his guests talk about sex, pose questions to each other about people they'd consider sleeping with, and comment on women's features, including "big tits."

Language

"S--t," "f--k," and the like are edited.

Consumerism

Celebrities get some air time by their involvement in the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Eric Andre Show parodies late-night shows but has too much mature content for most teens. Ribald sexual language (the host and a guest talk about "smashing" a woman; references are made to "tits" and other body parts); bedroom what-ifs ("Who would you rather have sex with, Mom or Dad?") are discussed in casual conversation; and the host often appears on-screen naked with only his groin covered or moons the audience. Language is another concern, though most of the worst ("f--k," "s--t") is edited. Expect a lot of degrading comedy aimed at celebrities, some violence that's played for laughs, pranks designed to make unsuspecting victims uncomfortable, and generally odd humor that may or may not strike you as funny.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byJohnny S. December 17, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written byTeo R August 25, 2016

hilarious

this show is inappropriate but totally hilarious. recommended if you want a funny comedy
Teen, 16 years old Written byooodlekanoodle69223 June 24, 2016

Rarely Funny, But Always Disgusting and Cringeworthy!

The Eric Andre Show is one of those shows that pushes the envelope for what can be shown on basic cable. I mean, in almost every opening of an episode of this s... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW is a parody of low-budget late-night talk shows hosted by comedian and actor Eric Andre. Complete with a house band and an apathetic sidekick, Hannibal Buress, Andre follows the standard late-night format with a monologue, skits, man-on-the-street encounters, and famous guests such as Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, and Seth Rogen. The show is known for its bizarre interviews, Andre's physical and destructive humor, and the pranks he pulls on unsuspecting victims in the public.

Is it any good?

Whether or not this spoof tickles your funny bone depends on what you look for in comedy. If you don’t like to think too hard (or at all) about what you're watching, you'll get some laughs from the nonsensical nature of Andre's unique style. But if you want content with even a modicum of a cerebral component or cleverness to it, you definitely won't find it here.

Andre's flash-in-the-pan segments are brief but, strung together, compose a show's worth of mindless entertainment. Some might find it funny, but there are better choices for teens who are ready for edgy humor and late-night fare than Andre's heavy leaning on the shock value of strong language, sexual crudity, and degrading humor aimed at celebrities for laughs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what (if anything) makes this show funny. Which unique qualities does Andre offer viewers in his comedy? Does he try too hard? Does his comedy surprise you?

  • Is edgy content such as sex and language ever a benefit to a production? Is its effect different in comedy than it is in a drama series or movie? Does it ever become a crutch for Andre?

  • Why would celebrities agree to be part of this show? Does seeing them here give you more or less respect for them, or does it not change your impression? How has the Internet affected the quality of what we consider to be entertainment?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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