The Whitest Kids U' Know

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Subversive comedy skits straddle, sometimes cross, the line.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Sam Brown, Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger
Network:IFC
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD

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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!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 is a nice show with funny and random skits.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 started watching it on yotube and saw the call of duty one first it was pretty funny but then i started watching it on ifc and they would say what they want when they want. there is a lot of sexual mentions in it. they swear a lot some bleeped some not. they smoke weed a lot they also drink but a lot of it is making political jokes. this show is defiantly not for kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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