The Mighty Boosh



Crass, insult-driven British comedy isn't for young kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The comedy on this show is very guy-oriented, with lowbrow jokes about failed efforts to meet women, sexual encounters gone awry, and plenty of drinking. The main characters clearly have a strong friendship ... which they demonstrate by constantly teasing, mocking, and belittling each other, albeit in a "loving" manner.

Not applicable

Some references to sex, including prostitution and oral sex.


Some swearing, including "s--t," "f--k," "d--k," and "balls."


Beer cans are visible in several scenes; Heineken appears to be a favorite. Some references to other TV shows and movies -- sometimes obvious and sometimes more subtle.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A fair amount of drinking, jokes about drinking, and making plans to go drinking. Characters are shown playing drinking games, getting drunk, and suffering from hangovers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this British comedy series about the exploits of two best friends -- who constantly insult and belittle each other -- is coarse and crass, as well as often nonsensical. The creators/stars have a big following for their act on stage, on the radio, and now on TV, so teens may already be aware of the show and want to watch. Expect a fair amount of swearing, plenty of drinking (sometimes to excess), and lots of references to sex. In other words? Typical Adult Swim fare.

What's the story?

THE MIGHTY BOOSH follows the exploits of Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding), best friends who love music, beer, loafing, and teasing each other mercilessly. The format is standard sitcom, with most of the action taking place in the Nabootique, the trendy boutique that Howard and Vince jointly manage. But the bare-bones plots mainly function as departure points for the wacky, weird, and generally nonsensical situations that Howard, Vince, and their buddies encounter. These often include a rotating set of supporting characters, including turban-wearing voodoo wizard Naboo; his talking gorilla familiar, Rolo; a pink, disembodied head named Tony; and zoo manager Bob Fossil.

Is it any good?


Barratt and Fielding -- who started out performing a live sketch comedy act, which then expanded to radio and has now jumped to TV -- certainly deserve credit for their comedic vision. The world of The Mighty Boosh is filled with characters and situations that have never been seen before -- not on TV, not in the movies, not even in any drug-induced tall tale.

But odd and original aren't the same as funny, and this show ranks way too high on weirdness -- and not nearly high enough on entertaininment. It's unpredictable, disjointed, and just plain strange, and not in a good way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about raunchy humor. Do you think this show is funny, or does it cross the line between funny and offensive? How can you tell when a joke is over the line? Who determines where "the line" falls in the first place? Why do some people enjoy crass comedy and others don't? Can you think of TV shows and movies that have successfully mined laughs from jokes about drinking, sex and bodily functions?

TV details

Cast:Julian Barratt, Michael Fielding, Noel Fielding
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byVictorfilth818 July 23, 2010

Cool Show

I like Vince he is Cool
What other families should know
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Kid, 5 years old July 17, 2010

suitible for ten and over

i love it going to get the firts seiries today
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Adult Written byCodeman November 5, 2009
MY FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIME!! There is nothing wrong with this shows content! "JOin us now on a joiurney through time and space!" Great comkedy
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