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Toast of London

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Irreverent British comedy has cursing, sex, drinking.

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

Positive Messages

Divorce, career trajectories, midlife crises, and other themes featured throughout the series. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Steven Toast is a talented actor, but can’t seem to get his life together. Some of his friends are wackier than others. 

Violence

Arguments and occasional brawls are featured. Guns are sometimes shot in the air. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, ranging from crude references to adulterous encounters and simulated sex acts. A street flasher is part of a running gag for several episodes. There’s some partial nudity (side of buttocks), too.  

Language

There’s lots of cursing; "f--k" is audible, but other stronger words are bleeped out. Racial, ethnic, and homophobic slurs are also used. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (wine, hard liquor, etc.) and drunken behavior. Cigarette smoking is also shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toast of London is a British cult comedy about a frustrated middle-aged actor who can’t seem to get the life he wants. This edgy, BAFTA award-winning British series contains lots of mature material, ranging from simulated sex acts to bigoted slurs, drinking, drunken behavior, and smoking. Guns are also shot (though in a comedic context). It’s well-written and well-performed, but some American audiences may not find all the over-the-top humor funny. 

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What's the story?

TOAST OF LONDON is a British cult comedy about a frustrated middle-aged actor who can’t seem to get the life he wants. Steven Toast (Matt Berry) was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but his career isn’t taking off the way he wants thanks to his incompetent agent, Jane Plough (Doon Mackichan). Now that he’s getting a divorce, he’s stuck sharing a flat with another middle-aged actor (played by Robert Bathurst) and his emotionally disturbed mother. Making matters more difficult is the fact that he is starring in a controversial play that attracts angry protestors and criticism wherever he goes. Nothing seems to be going well for Toast, but he’s going to do what he can to get to where he wants to be. 

Is it any good?

This irreverent, well-written series offers lots of slapstick-type gags and over-the-top schtick that British shows often excel at. It serves as a perfect platform for Matt Berry to showcase his unique comic abilities, but the other cast members are able to keep up, and deliver some outstanding funny moments of their own. The humor is creative and intentionally edgy, so much so that some American audiences may find it a bit much. Nonetheless, for those who enjoy true British comedy fare, Toast of London offers lots of amusement. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cultural differences in comedy. Do you think that there are some things that are universally funny? What things don't seem to be? Do you think Toast of London is funny?

  • Families can talk about success and failure. What can be funny about a person who has failed but keeps trying? 

TV details

For kids who love quirky comedy

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