What parents need to know
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).
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?
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?