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Though the show clearly puts a strong emphasis on the importance of family, it also has some strong racial, ethnic, and gender stereotypes (although many of the references will likely go over younger viewers' head).
Positive Role Models
Though the brothers often get up to no good, they ultimately recognize the error of their ways -- and they have a strong relationship with each other and with their father. Class issues are sometimes discussed. The characters are a generally diverse bunch.
Violence & Scariness
Mild pushing and shoving between the brothers, including arm wrestling. As part of the humor, fake body parts are sometimes ripped off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent innuendo and references to sexual activity, but much will go over the head of younger viewers. Occasional swatting of women's backsides and requests for women to "shake it"; these actions are usually well received. The brothers have active dating lives.
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Audible language includes "ass," "hell," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Hip-hop artists and their music are often featured on the show, including Busta Rhymes, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking/alcohol consumption.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sitcom about two very different (but still close) single adult brothers tends to revolve around topics like dating -- which often leads to sexual references. Although the show puts a strong emphasis on family relationships, it also has its fair share of gender, racial, and ethnic stereotypes. While some of these stereotypes are obvious, others may go over the head of younger viewers -- as will many of the innuendos.
Is It Any Good?
While The Wayans Bros. promotes a strong family bond between a father and his sons, the show's slapstick and physical humor also rely on the Wayans family's traditional form of comedy -- which leans toward the use of strong racial, ethnic, and gender stereotyping.
Yes, there are some funny moments, but overall the show offers an unfortunately limited number of truly positive representations of women, African-Americans, and other racial/ethnic communities. As a result, it's sometimes hard to appreciate the show's humor -- not to mention its positive messages about family.
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