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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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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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