A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?