The Last O.G.
By Jenny Nixon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Ex-con rebuilds his life in crude yet oddly sweet comedy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Tray wants to be a good dad and makes an honest effort to get a job and stay on the straight-and-narrow, post-prison, which makes you root for him. But he's also very politically incorrect, and the show can make light of certain issues like prison rape and sexual harassment. Racial comedy and some stereotyping.
Positive Role Models
Tray optimistic about his skills and future, tries hard not to repeat past mistakes. He's sincere in his attempts to help ex, his kids, even if he doesn't always get it right. Shay is a strong female role model; she pulled herself out of life of drugs, poverty to become a successful businesswoman, mother. Shay's husband, Josh, a little dorky but also very accepting, supportive; has been a loving dad to the twins.
Violence & Scariness
Some innuendo and references to violence, but nothing really shown. Tray's son Shazad is bullied at school, inspiring him to carry nunchucks to try to defend himself. They're never used, and Tray makes a clumsy, not-well-received attempt to teach Shazad to box instead. The bully is later seen with a black eye.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity. Any sex is played for laughs. However, lots of brash and outlandish references to various sex acts, body parts, fetishes, prostitution, and more.
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Every swear word you can possibly think of is uttered here, and even some creative ones that may never have occurred to you. The worst offenders ("motherf----r," etc.) are usually, but not always, bleeped. A great deal of graphic sex talk.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink socially. Some characters work as marijuana and crack dealers, though it's usually just referenced and not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last O.G. is a comedy series about ex-con Tray Barker (Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock) who -- after 15 years in prison -- struggles to adjust to life in a now-unrecognizable and highly gentrified Brooklyn. There's a near-endless stream of four-letter words (sometimes bleeped, often not) and more than a few jokes that play with racial stereotypes. Sexual references are frequent and blunt, though not quite as extreme as what you'd hear in Morgan's standup comedy routines. Adults are seen drinking booze, and weed and hard drugs are mentioned (Tray did his time for dealing crack). Definitely not for young ones.
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What's the Story?
THE LAST O.G. stars Tracy Morgan as former crack dealer Tray, who emerges from a 15-year stint in prison as a changed man who wants nothing more than to reconnect with his old girlfriend Shay (Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip) and rebuild his life. He's in for a rude awakening when he finds the back-in-the-day Brooklyn he knew swallowed up by gourmet coffee shops and brunch-happy hipsters with selfie sticks. To make matters worse, the "love of his life" has moved on: She's now married (to a "Connecticut-looking" white guy, no less) and living in a fancy brownstone, working at a business of her own and raising the 15-year-old twins Tray never knew he'd fathered. Tray tries to connect with his kids and maybe win over his ex while navigating a frustrating new job, a less-than-ideal living situation, and some potential conflict with certain figures from his past.
Is It Any Good?
This series is a raunchy, funny, and unexpectedly sweet comeback vehicle for Morgan, who has been largely absent from show business since he sustained a traumatic brain injury in a brutal accident in 2014. He's in fine form here, and shows off not only the screwball comedy chops he's known for, but also moments of tender-hearted sincerity we haven't really seen from him in the past. Morgan's chemistry with Haddish is convincing, and she does a good job shifting between the Shay of old -- who once threw a brick through a cop car's windshield to prove her love -- and the newly bougie "Shannon," as she's now calling herself. The Last O.G., however, is clearly Morgan's chance to shine.
The penis jokes are copious and can be repetitive, especially when coming from Cedric the Entertainer's character Mullins, who runs the halfway house Tray lives in and who considers himself a natural comedian (no one else thinks he's funny). But even Mullins is given some depth and heart, and it's that overall sense of warmth that helps elevate the show and smooth it's rougher edges. Yes, the humor more than occasionally strays into crassness (as he did on 30 Rock, Morgan's character makes an awful lot of lewd jokes about getting women pregnant), but Tray isn't at all the one-note caricature you might expect. If you can handle the shifts in tone and some potentially offensive humor, The Last O.G. is a pretty satisfying ride.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how The Last O.G. portrays the life of a former drug dealer. Does it seem like the show is glamorizing drug dealing or crime? Do the consequences Tray faces seem appropriate, and does it seem like he has learned from them? Why is this important?
In many ways, The Last O.G. is a classic fish-out-of-water tale, as an out-of-touch Tray tries to adjust to his new life post-prison. What other shows and films can you think of that use this formula to elicit laughs?
- Premiere date: April 3, 2018
- Cast: Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Cedric the Entertainer, Allen Maldonado, Ryan Gaul
- Network: TBS
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: December 24, 2022
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