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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity or explicit sex, but plenty of the skits feature strong innuendo and references to sex, and some show people in their underwear.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some references to drinking and drugs. Some skits portray characters as being drunk or otherwise altered.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.