What Just Happened?! With Fred Savage

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tepid aftershow spoof has violent scenes, innuendo.

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age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

This spoof of the television "aftershow," and pokes fun at fandom culture. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fred Savage is the ultimate fanboy and tries to offer some emotional depth to the show. Taylor Tomlinson panders more to the audience. 

Violence

The Flare show segments feature violent scenes, including fist fights and bloody stabbings. Knives visible. On occasion disagreements arise on the show.  

Sex

Talk show commentary often includes strong innuendo. Men take their shirts off. 

Language

Curses bleeped and mouths are blurred. 

Consumerism

Wendy’s restaurants are a sponsor of the fictitious show. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking is sometimes suggested in featured video clips. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that What Just Happened?! With Fred Savage is a show that spoofs the fan-centered "aftershows" that air after some popular TV series (like The Walking Dead). It contains some strong language (curses bleeped with mouths blurred), some sexual innuendo, arguing, and violent, bloody fight scenes from a fictitious show. 

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Adult Written byBoss Karen August 2, 2019

Either you get it or you don't.

This show is hilarious and most people won't get it. It's a mix between The Tom Green Show, Free Radio and a talk show.
Adult Written byAlexander E. July 28, 2019

"What just happened?"

I just gave you a one star review!

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What's the story?

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! WITH FRED SAVAGE features host Fred Savage revisiting the highs and lows of each episode of the (fictitious) international hit, The Flare, which is based on his favorite (and fictitious) childhood post-apocalyptic book series,The Moon Is The Sun Is Night. Joining him is co-host Taylor Tomlinson, and the show’s house band, Best Coast. From interviews with the The Flare’s celebrity cast members, to pre-recorded segments of Savage behaving like the ultimate fan boy, they celebrate the fact that the show is such a “flarenomenon.” 

Is it any good?

This silly series is a spoof of the popular television "aftershow," which have become common fixtures after the airing of a popular television series. But while a show featuring real actors and musicians playing themselves on a real talk show series that is 100% about a fictitious series that is based on a fictitious book franchise is smart, this one occasionally feels like it’s trying too hard. The jokes and gags don’t go far enough, which keeps it from becoming a truly solid satire, versus a spoof that falls flat too often. Ultimately, What Just Happened?! With Fred Savage has potential, but despite some funny moments, it doesn’t fully meet it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why aftershows became popular. What do you think audiences are looking for when they tune in to these shows?

  • A spoof is a show that pokes fun, while a satire uses exaggeration to make social commentary. How would you categorize What Just Happened?! With Fred Savage? Why?

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