A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Human foibles are mocked, mostly in an absurd and not a harsh or unkind style.
Positive Role Models
The show is too silly to provide realistic role models, but it's nice that the largely male and all-white main cast doesn't mock women or people of color in its skits. Female roles are played by women, not men in drag as on some comedy shows.
Violence & Scariness
Men jokingly threaten to punch each other; death is sometimes made light of, as when a character wanders onto a busy street and is hit by a car offscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some off-color references to sex and masturbation.
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Frequent cursing, usually in jest: "a--hole," "f--k," "hell," "damn." Jokes mock religion and other sensitive topics. Women are called "c--t" in one sketch (mocking the use of the word).
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Products & Purchases
Real pop-culture personalities (the Beatles) and items (Prilosec) are lampooned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink cans of beer in a sketch about playing cards; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that W/Bob & David is an absurdist sketch comedy show featuring the former stars of '90s cult hit Mr. Show. Many of the skits stray into potentially sensitive areas, targeting religion, violence, race, and sex. Expect off-color references to sex, bodily functions, and masturbation, as well as frequent cursing, including insults ("a--hole") and other curses ("f--k," "s--t," "damn"). Characters tell each other to "shut up" and threaten to punch each other (no one does); death is an occasional topic for laughs, as when a character is hit and killed by a car offscreen. Characters drink beer on-screen, although no one acts drunk. The humor is largely absurd and silly, but kids won't get a lot of the jokes, centering as they do on topics mostly adults, not kids, will find funny: no-nonsense judge shows on television, a legendary lost Beatle, a freelance Pope who does most of his blessings from home.
Is It Any Good?
Profoundly silly, absurd, and at times even thought-provoking, Cross and Odenkirk's sketches retain the edge Mr. Show fans will remember, and uninitiated fans of the ridiculous will quickly warm to them. As on the long-past but much-beloved Mr. Show, each half-hour episode of W/Bob & David begins with Odenkirk and Cross onstage in front of an audience telling a few jokes or doing a sketch live onstage. Soon that segues into a series of wildly different, but interconnected, sketches that target topics such as cops who gossip about each other to the suspect they're interrogating or a group of poker buddies who make a bunch of ridiculous New Year's resolutions (such as starting their own cell-phone company and becoming a well-respected Hollywood director) that quickly come true. It's all more "hmm" than "HA!" but that's as Mr. Show ever was, where every laugh was generally accompanied by a crinkled-up "huh?" brow and then followed by "Those guys are weird." They still are! But kids probably won't find them funny -- the humor will be more appreciated by older teens and parents.
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