The Underground

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Raw sketch comedy values shock over humor. Pass.

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Positive Messages

Features dance and music from the urban underground culture. Presents a sense of urban pride. Various people of racial and ethnic backgrounds are portrayed, but usually not positively. Stereotyping is a frequent source of humor, but sometimes they're used to make a point. The cast is diverse.


Simulated violent acts -- including shooting, explosions, and stoning -- in some sketches. Pushing, punching, and other physical harm, but there's little blood, and most of these events are clearly fake. Some skits feature various kinds of guns.


Contains nudity, including close-ups of female genitals (which are animated to look as though they're speaking). Coarse references to genitalia and sexual acts. In some sketches, the actors simulate sex acts (some of which are quite crude). Dancers wear revealing clothing and sometimes move in a suggestive manner.


Use of strong curse words, including "f--k" (in various forms) and the n-word. While these words are used as part of comedy sketches, usage is often gratuitous.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some adult consumption of alcohol and tobacco products.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sketch comedy show is not meant for kids. It more than earns its TV-MA rating with its frequent use of profanity and its graphic sexual content (including a close-up of a real-life vagina animated to look like it's talking). The show makes a concerted effort to be politically incorrect and, as a result, uses lots of stereotypes and other less-than-positive comedic devices -- which, although they're meant to underscore present-day political and social issues, lose their impact when sketches fall flat and shock rather than amuse.

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Parent of a 3-year-old Written bycinored November 7, 2010
I love it, waiting for a dvd or somthing to come out. I miss da show, wish i could be on there and show my skills as a actor. lol............
Adult Written byprttybapd April 9, 2008

I laughed my a** off

This is one of the funniest shows. I can't wait for the next season. It's hilarious!! Good job Damon

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What's the story?

A half-hour sketch comedy show created and produced by Damon Wayans, THE UNDERGROUND ("Da Uh!" for short) is reminiscent of the groundbreaking 1990s hit In Living Color -- which was created by Damon's older brother, Keenan Ivory Wayans -- only it's half as long and at least twice as uncensored. Like In Living Color, The Underground intersperses a variety of envelope-pushing comedy skits with clips featuring street music and dance. The ensemble cast includes Aries Spears (MADtv) and Wayans' son, Damon Wayans, Jr. and the sketches range from poking fun at controversial political issues (including the war in Iraq and heightened airport security) to advertisements for genital-sporting pants. Many of the skits rely heavily on stereotyping as a significant source of humor.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, the prevalence of obscene language, nudity, and simulated sex acts (many of them extremely crude) in most sketches makes the show's political satire and social commentary difficult to appreciate. Plus, when it comes right down to it, a lot of the skits just aren't that funny, bad taste or no. As a result, anything positive that the show has to offer, including the celebration of urban culture, is undermined by its attempts to cross the lines of taste and purposely offend people of all walks of life simply because it can. It also makes the show a bad choice for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using stereotypes as a source of humor. Is it ever appropriate to use stereotypes? Where do you draw the line? Can people empower themselves by "reclaiming a stereotype" and making it their own? Families can also talk about taking humor too far. When does satire or parody become offensive? Urban culture, underground artists, and alternative dance forms can also be discussed.

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