The Whitest Kids U' Know

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Subversive comedy skits straddle, sometimes cross, the line.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series glorifies bitterness and hostility and tries to draw laughs from behavior like sexism, prejudice, and violence. It's all played for humor (and some of it could be seen as being a commentary on the same issues it plays off of), but it's pretty edgy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's subversive characters tend to be violent, sexist, and selfish. They make fun of other people and urge each other to perform violent and sometimes degrading acts. Sometimes it’s funny, but it can also be angry and hostile.

Violence

Some skits/sequences feature graphic violence. Though they're all played for laughs, the gore factor can be quite high (impalements, exploding body parts, stabbings, etc.).

Sex

No nudity or explicit sex, but plenty of the skits feature strong innuendo and references to sex, and some show people in their underwear.

Language

Words like "ass," "oh my God," etc. are audible, but stronger swearing (like "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k") is bleeped. Uncensored DVD versions are available.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking and drugs. Some skits portray characters as being drunk or otherwise altered.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sketch comedy series finds humor in extreme violence and explicit sexual situations. Expect plenty of references to sex using both words and gestures; many skits also feature graphic and gory violence, including impalements, stabbings, shootings, exploding heads, and more. The amount of swearing varies by skit -- some have virtually none, while others are filled with bleeps. There are also some references to drugs and drinking. Older teens might find it all funny, but younger kids won’t get the jokes and are likely to be put off by the content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byNerdTasticDayDreamer October 21, 2010
It has some good lessons, about love and life and just making it threw, and my 16yr old watch it all the time! we love it!
Adult Written byCaringLady April 22, 2016

Controversial sketches + cursing = 17+

I highly recommend for adults who like dark humor. Kids should go elsewhere. They have skits but also songs, like those about date rape, drug use, pedophilia, e... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 7, 2014

Funny, but you should be quite responsible to watch though

I honestly am a fan. But this show has decapitation, etc. They throw drug use here and there. In some episodes they uncensore fuck, shit and rarely cunt. But it... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 8, 2012

Wow, gross but funny

i started watching this show when i was ten, and wow the things i learned in a negative way although funny at times it would be disgusting and raunchy. i starte... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE WHITEST KIDS U’ KNOW might also be some of the strangest guys you know. The five members of this New York troupe specialize in the weird, the wacky, and the outrageous, and their sketch comedy series straddles the line between funny and offensive. Many of the routines mine laughs from overtly sexual situations and graphic violence, though the results sometimes fall short (or perhaps go far wide) of the mark.

Is it any good?

The Whitest Kids U' Know pushes the edge of "acceptable" to the limits -- and when it works, it can be quite funny. For example, a group of revolutionaries who come to blows arguing over who has to make T-shirts and who must tend the nuclear reactor core is a sharp statement on the lunacy of anarchy.

But other skits aim far lower and can be plain old crude -- and/or needlessly violent, such as a sketch about a reality show that encourages participants to commit suicide. The Whitest Kids are clever, but they don’t always know when they're going too far.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about subversive comedy. Some of the best comedy comes from upsetting the status quo, but it’s easy to cross the line from funny to offensive. Do you think this show is funny, or do some sequences go too far? Who decides what "too far" is to begin with?

  • Some of these skits, with exploding heads, impalements, and explicit sequences, are as gory as any slasher movie. Does violence have a different impact when it’s played for laughs?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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