Wrecked

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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"Lost"-style comedy is fun, but gags get old quickly.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This show is written with the sole intent of making viewers laugh. It's nonsensical, it parodies the fan favorite Lost, and it has a lot fun with the characters' less-than-perfect behavior. Grief, loss, relationship woes, and even death are brushed over in favor of funnier (and often irreverent) topics.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the characters are flawed, which makes their cumulative dysfunction thoroughly enjoyable. Selfishness, dishonesty, abrasiveness -- all kinds of negative personality traits are on display in their interactions, to hilarious results. Some, including Danny and Owen, find some inner strength in facing adversity.

Violence

A crash scene shows passengers screaming in panic as their plane goes down. Dead bodies are bloated, discolored, and bloody, and they're piled and burned by the survivors. Survivors have injuries, but they're minimal, with the exception of one man whose legs are broken under some of the wreckage. Even so, they recover fairly quickly.

Sex

Suggestions of masturbation (a woman talks about people jerking each other off, for instance). Male anatomy is blurred as a man urinates. Passing references to copping a feel of a woman's boobs.

Language

Just about everything goes. "S--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "ass," "son of a bitch," "hell," and "damn" are audible; "f--k" and its many iterations are edited. Also, "d--k" and "p---y" are used as insults.

Consumerism

Occasionally brand names such as Cheez-It are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults hit the drink cart hard in one scene, which makes for a crazy night of partying but leads to regrets the next day when they're without food. There's talk of doing drugs, including an incident of "buttrolling" a substance. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wrecked is an irreverent comedy series loosely inspired by Lost and featuring its own set of castaways on a remote island. Dialogue is rife with strong language ("s--t," "ass," "son of a bitch," "d--k," and "p---y" are audible; only "f--k" is edited), and there are frequent references to sexual topics such as masturbation. The show makes light of character deaths (mostly at the start, as a result of a plane crash), grief, and injury, not to mention personality conflicts that drive much of the humor. There's little of substance in this series, and the shallow comedy dulls fairly quickly, but those who liked Lost may enjoy this parody of that fan favorite.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bychrisd26 July 5, 2016

Hilarious but for teens and adults only

Ok I have been watching this show and its truly another hit for tbs but while its funny as hell and some characters are very loveable it has humorous violence... Continue reading
Parent of a 16 and 18+ year old Written bynuenjins August 26, 2017

Promising concept morphs into low brow crapfest.

The premise itself gains your interest enough to take a peek to see into the world of survivalism as a spoof show, but the novelty all too soon lazily lends to... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAndrewMc June 27, 2016

What's the story?

When their plane crashes on a deserted island, survivors must band together to hold out in case (er, until) help arrives, but that's easier said than done with this group of misfits. They're off to a good start with an ex-Special Forces operative taking charge, but when tragedy strikes, all is nearly lost. Now it's up to reluctant leaders Danny (Brian Sacca), Owen (Zach Cregger), and Karen (Brooke Dillman) to maintain order and keep hope of rescue alive.

Is it any good?

Drawing on recent classic Lost for inspiration, this preposterous comedy series is fun for a while, but it's neither clever enough nor well enough written to keep up its luster for long. Because much of the humor stems from the characters' stereotypically opposing personalities, it doesn't take long to predict how scenes will play out, and then the whole production feels trite instead of edgy.

Viewers with little palate for mindless humor will tire of what WRECKED has to offer, but teens may be drawn to its corniness, and here's where the show's chronic red-letter language and intermittent sexual innuendo create a problem. Ultimately this is a real know-your-kid situation. If your older teens are mature enough to dismiss this kind of content, they may appreciate this show's absurdity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the purpose of this show. Does it attempt to send any kind of a message, or is it just TV eye candy? As parodies go, does this one do a good job? If you've seen Lost, what similarities do you noticed between the two?

  • Does any character strike you as a good leader? What qualities do you most respect in a leader? Is it a role you enjoy playing? Why, or why not?

  • Teens: How well do you think you'd do in an emergency of some kind? To what degree should we prepare for emergencies? How does our high-tech world make us more susceptible to an emergency? Conversely, how does it help us plan for one?

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