Parents' Guide to

The State

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic sketch show features sex, smoking.

TV MTV Comedy 1994
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The thing about sketch comedy is that not all sketches can be winners; what makes this show hold up after 25+ years isn't necessarily the success rate. The duds are frequent in The State, and there are elements of the show that are just trapped in the 1990s: the irony, the interstitials, the PSA parodies...so many PSA parodies. But the comedy has such a unique point of view that a lot of it still plays. When they strike gold, its usually with absurd concepts that would be tough to imagine coming from anywhere else: representing teenage hormones with a bunch of dancing guys in leotards; a talk show centered around a large mound of pudding; or a three-minute musical about the regulars at a gambling station where they bet on porcupine races.

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