The Mighty Boosh

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Crass, insult-driven British comedy isn't for young kids.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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.

Violence
Sex

Some references to sex, including prostitution and oral sex.

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfoxxyemceelouise January 14, 2011

13 and up should be fine

I've let my eleven year old brother watch The Mighty Boosh and he adores it (as do I, it's one of my favourite shows). At times it can be a little sex... Continue reading
Parent Written byT.O.poet January 5, 2011
I should preface this by saying that I've watched ALL THREE SERIES, not just Old Gregg on Youtube.
Teen, 15 years old Written byAri_Ravenclaw March 23, 2020

Fun, Outlandish,HILARIOUS! I Love The Boosh!

When I first saw The Boosh, I fell in love! It's a great show and you'll want to watch it again because it's so funny and has charm. With that, t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bygrey_leg_face_man January 30, 2019

Great show with no overly explicit content

I absolutely LOOOVE this show! It's been my fav since I watched it with my dad a couple of years ago. Some sexual references but nothing too explicit. Lang... Continue reading

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?

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