Parents' Guide to

The Kids in the Hall

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cross-dressing + Canadians = classic sketch comedy laughs.

TV Syndicated Comedy 1988
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Comedic Genius

I am absolutely in love with The Kids in the Hall! They are HILARIOUS. Their comedic timing and delivery is perfect. I honestly think they're close to Monty Python in quality, and Monty Python is the best of the best. Much of the material on the show was uncommon and even revolutionary at the time it came out. It is literally tragic that this show is largely forgotten at this point, and yet the rampantly unfunny SNL continues to air. As for stuff to look out for: pretty much whatever you'd expect from a sketch show- some sexual references, occasional violence and drinking. There are uncensored swears in the show, though, and not just "minor" swears. This would be best for teens and adults, and aspiring comedians everywhere.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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It's curious that Foley is the only member of the Kids who ever found real crossover success in the United States, starring as a fish-out-of-water news director on the workplace sitcom NewsRadio and, later, voicing heroic ant Flik in A Bug's Life. Because going back to watch these old episodes, you realize just how funny the rest of the crew is. McKinney's hilarious head-crushing sketch remains a classic, and his portrayal of a strutting, squawking Chicken Lady is still funny years later.

Older teens, especially, might enjoy "discovering" this oft-forgotten gem, which feels decidedly subversive -- but, for the most part, surprisingly tame -- compared to mainstream sketch comedy fare like Saturday Night Live and MADtv. (Fun fact: SNL creator Lorne Michaels also served as the Kids' executive producer.) If your kids like what they see here, consider introducing them to Monty Python's Flying Circus, which aired some 20 years earlier. The similarities are delighfully obvious.

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