Parents' Guide to

The Kominsky Method

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

All-star cast can't save bland sitcom about aging, acting.

TV Netflix Comedy 2018
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Common sense media failed to mention the nudity, the whole reason i use the source. I paid for this!?!?
age 16+

Fantastic sitcom

At last a show that is funny and poignant and intelligent and beautiful written. A show that dares to suggest that identity politics is outdated and ridiculous. A show that is unpredictable. I couldn'tstop watching and I'm not sure what the first reviewer meant by it not being relateable to younger people - I'm young at 44 and loved it. There's a huge amount of shows available for young people in their 20's. We need many more shows with middle aged actors and older actors. Shows that are willing to look at the meaning of life.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a well-made show with high production value and a killer cast that keeps surprising and delighting with fun cameos and guest stars. The problem? It makes certain assumptions about its audience demographic (older folks) and then panders to it on the lowest level. If that only meant Jay Leno cameos and prostate jokes, that would be one thing, but when The Kominsky Method takes cheap shots at, for example, "ethnic" casting on sitcoms or LGBTQ people (e.g., during a prostate exam, the doctor jokes that "not even gays like this"), the assumption is that the show's audience is not only old, but out of touch, racist, and homophobic.

And when the show does try to have a social conscience, like when Kominsky's students argue about whether it's appropriate for a white actor to play a black character, their opinions are pithily dismissed as unimportant. This is a show content to live inside its own retrograde bubble, and it mistakenly thinks its audience lives there too.

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