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 adult-oriented variety show has plenty of crass sexual humor, including a brief peek up a woman's skirt (supposedly without her knowing). Other sexually laced jokes include a bear being kicked in the groin, wordplay about "beaver," and innuendo about a man's sexual performance. One of the two main characters drinks heavily; his alcohol consumption is part of his comedic persona. He often does foolish things, partly because he's intoxicated. Photos of people using drugs (a man smoking a joint, for instance) pop up occasionally, along with jokes about the main characters enjoying drugs like crank. The titular "naked trucker" is indeed naked, and the side view of his buttocks is often visible -- though his groin area is always covered.
What's the story?
THE NAKED TRUCKER & T-BONES SHOW is a stand-up comedy show mixed with short skits -- along the lines of Chappelle's Show or Blue Collar TV. The "trucker" is Dave "Gruber" Allen, who appears onstage wearing only a strategically placed guitar. He plays straight man to gross-out guy Gerald "T-Bones" Tibbons (David Koechner) and is the brains and the morals of the operation. He puts a stop to T-Bones' attempts to show "up-skirt" footage on the show (film taken by a hidden camera placed under a table to get a peek under a woman's skirt) and scoffs affectionately at T-Bones' antics, occasionally pretending to be mad at him when he does something exceptionally stupid. The pair banter about politics and life on the road, occasionally breaking into song backed up by their band, the Dick-Around Gang.
Is it any good?
With its politically incorrect jokes (frequently with a Southern or rural element), the show's comedy resembles some of the "blue collar"-style humor popularized by Jeff Foxworthy's "redneck" routines. T-Bones drinks heavily; makes crass, innuendo-laden jokes; and generally acts stupid. But with all of its sex and drug references, Naked Trucker is obviously geared toward adults -- although that won't stop teens who know Koechner from his frequent appearances in Will Ferrell movies from wanting to tune in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of this type of humor. Why is it OK to cross lines on TV that you can't (or at least shouldn't) cross in real life? Families can also talk about comedy in general. What kind of humor makes you laugh the most? Why? Parents, who are your favorite comedic pairs? Teens, what about you? What makes a duo successful? What dynamics seem to work best for a comedy team? Do you think the stars of this show succeed in that respect?