Workaholics

Common Sense Media says

Internet comedy spin-off has major partying, goofing off.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show celebrates the irresponsible and immature behavior of recent college graduates -- all for laughs.

Positive role models

The main cast is hedonistic, immature, and irresponsible in an over-the-top, humorous way. They aren't out to harm anyone, but they don’t have many boundaries, either. The three are very close friends.

Violence

Some pushing, shoving, teasing, and coercing.

Sex

Crude references to genitalia. Episodes feature activities like cast members trying to sell vintage porn to a child and looking at a (supposed) image of a woman’s nipple. There are also scenes of people taking pictures of their genitals and sexting each other. References to getting “laid” are frequent.

Language

Words like "piss," "ass," "bitch," "boner," and "d--k" are audible. Words like "p---y," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Logos like Rolling Rock and Red Bull are partially visible. Some cast members have iPhones. References to films like Die Hard.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking (beer, hard liquor) is constant. Marijuana smoking visible is; drug dealing is discussed. One cast member throws up after drinking ipecac for fun. A cast member has a DUI; his friends don’t let him drive as a result.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this scripted comedy series, which is a spin-off of a popular Internet sketch comedy series, follows three recent college grads engaged in lots of over-the-top behavior. Scenes include characters sexting pictures of their genitals (an image of a supposed female nipple is visible), drinking, using drugs like marijuana, and playing dumb pranks. Strong and crude language is also frequent (though curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

WORKAHOLICS is a scripted comedy series about a trio of recent college graduates unwilling to adjust to the real world. Best friends Blake (played by Blake Anderson), Anders (Anders Holm), and Adam (Adam Devine) share a house and work together as telemarketers. At the office they spend most of their time looking for ways to work less, while finding ways to party more.

Is it any good?

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The series is a spin-off of the popular online Internet sketch group Mail Order Comedy and features a lot of the troupe’s trademark irreverent humor, including crude sexual references, lots of drug use, and strong language. Some of the sketches border on slapstick and feature some silly -- albeit well targeted -- pranks.

Workaholics isn’t intended for younger viewers, and not all mature viewers will appreciate the humor. But the overall show is well written, and the cast's comedic talent is apparent despite the inane exploits feature here. Mail Order fans, as well as folks who like this sort of comedy, definitely won't be disappointed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the consequences of the behavior featured here. Should things like sexting, drinking alcohol, and drug use be treated as fun activities or as acts that have few consequences? When do pranks that feature these behaviors cross the line from being funny to going too far?

  • How are comedy shows and/or Internet-based comedies adapted for television? What are some of the changes that have to be made? Are there comedies that simply don't work well for television? Which ones?

TV details

Cast:Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Blake Anderson
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byajm925 May 5, 2011
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17
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It just sucks

They make fun of the disabled & women, it sucks
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byserphvarna April 17, 2011
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10
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Good for teens that will actually get the jokes.

Amazing, hilarious and touches how real life works. People go and get messed up on the weekends put live proper lives during the week. This is how real life works and it is viewable for most kids over 10.
Adult Written byLuketok April 22, 2011
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16
QUALITY
 
Love this show. That being said it is not for everyone. It is a show centered around 3 irresponsible "stoners" etc., who all work together, get high and make bad decisions. It's audience aim is towards 16-25 year olds who either are relate the the use of drugs with friends, or people reminiscing their immature youthful days where they did similar things with their friends. I am the latter. Im 20 years old, and I remember like it was yesterday smoking pot with my friends. I now realize how immature it was, but it still makes me laugh watching this show and trying to relate to my "old days" in high school. Only problem is these guys are not in high school, or college, they are in a professional environment in which they should have matured and become a successful part of society. All together I rate it 3 stars. It's a Love/Hate relationship for me. I don't expect a season, but that doesn't mean I won't watch the first one. -That One Kid
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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