Chappelle's Show

2003 TV-MA 1 season

Chappelle's Show

2003 TV-MA 1 season
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The controversial and brilliant Dave Chappelle performs blistering stand-up, impressions and sketches. Among his potent characters are Tron, a wealthy cocaine connoisseur, and Clayton Bigsby, a blind white supremacist who's unaware he's black.
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 3 (2005) - 1 disc

Three "lost" episodes of Dave Chappelle's hilarious sketch comedy show turn up in this collection of laughs -- and it's a good thing someone finally found them. Dave's in top form as he mines all manner of controversial material for humor.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, above all else, this wildly popular sketch comedy series is uproariously funny. Adults will laugh themselves silly at Chappelle's edgy satire and knowing social commentary, but it's the kind of humor that pushes the proverbial envelope to the absolute. It's only for the fearless, and despite the fact that many teens love the show, it's really not appropriate for most kids.

Sexual Content

Some sketches feature scantily clad women (often as strippers and prostitutes). Plenty of sex talk to go around. Skits have mocked sexual fetishes, and one character talks a lot about swapping sexual favors for drugs.


Chappelle's biting commentary cuts like a serrated knife, and some sketches feature faux murders and gun shots.


No holds barred. "Damn," "d--k," "bitch," etc., plus rampant bleeping that barely masks words like "motherf--ker." Plenty of derogatory racial terms as well (the N-word makes frequent appearances), though they're often used to draw laughs.

Social Behavior

Racism, sexism, alcoholism, affluenza, ignorance -- no stone is left unturned in the name of comedy. The intent is to mock society's foibles, but some of the messages may be too subtle for younger viewers to catch.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Considering one bit features a funny how-to on scoring drugs, vices aren't off-limits. One of Chappelle's recurring characters is a crackhead.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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