A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this revolving collection of shows that originally aired on Comedy Central's Web site contains funny, raunchy, and potentially offensive material. Each episode has different segments, so content varies from show to show, but be prepared for things like animated testicles (complete with pubic hair mustaches) and scenes of bloody cartoon massacres. While the shorts certainly push the limits, they're not in the anti-PC vein of Spike and Mike. Many teens will love the wild humor, but parents may want to preview the content first.
What's the story?
For WEB SHOWS, Comedy Central has taken its best broadband shows and packaged them into a late-night smorgasbord of comedy shorts. Very brief episodes of shows like Baxter & McGuire (about best friends who are also testicles), Good God (an office comedy with God as the CEO), and the VH1-style mockumentary I Love the '30s are all in the rotation.
Is it any good?
Segments vary in quality and content, but most have a decidedly raunchy element, making the show best for older teens and young adults. Potty humor, sex jokes, and cartoon violence make up the bulk of the comedy, but clever mockumentary material (like Worst Breakups: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn) and innovative entries like multimedia cartoon satire Golden Age -- which was selected to appear at Sundance -- add some intellectual heft. That said, viewers who are easily offended should definitely stay away. This is a South Park-style potpourri of limit-testing comedy -- flavored heavily with the no-holds-barred sensibility of the Internet.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Internet as a media outlet. How does the Web fit into your household's world? Do you get most of your entertainment on the Web, on television, or somewhere else? Do you think that balance will change in the next few years?
What do you love about the Internet? What's the downside of its presence in your life? What consequences do you think being constantly "plugged in" has on people?