Parents' Guide to

The Man Show

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Male-centric comedy teeters between satire and chauvinism.

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It's impossible to deny that Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel are tremendous comic minds. Their work on television and radio is frequently smart and incredibly observant of human experience and behavior. Part of their impact as comics comes from the fine line they walk between satire and reality -- as they mock, they frequently embody the types of people they are mocking.

That's frequently true on The Man Show, a co-creation of Carolla, Kimmel, and executive producer Daniel Kellison. Sharp bits, such as a taped clip of a tent set up at a street fair to promote ending woman's suffrage, expose the hypocrisy and foolishness of those they aim to mock. Other bits, including the notorious Juggy Girls, seem to do little more than promote the same small-minded and bigoted viewpoints they are supposedly mocking. With questionable content and mixed messages, it's a series best avoided by children and teens entirely; for adults, it may not be worth the mental effort to separate the chauvinism from the satire.

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