In Living Color

1990 TV-14 5 seasons

In Living Color

1990 TV-14 5 seasons
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Created by stars Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, this Emmy-winning sketch series offers cutting-edge satire and features a host of talent, including Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson. Skewering pop culture, music, racial stereotypes and more, the show spawned numerous memorable characters, including Homey D. Clown, disabled superhero Handi-Man and disfigured Fire Marshal Bill.
Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield, Deidre Lang, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, Al Chalk, Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Twist, Jamie Foxx, Cari French, Lisa Marie Todd, Carrie Ann Inaba, Jennifer Lopez, Alexandra Wentworth, Jossie Thacker, Kim Coles, Steve Park, Anne-Marie Johnson, Reggie McFadden, Jay Leggett, Carol Rosenthal, Chris Rock, Marc Wilmore, Nick Bakay
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (1990) - 3 discs

Creator and star Keenen Ivory Wayans led an immensely talented cast -- including Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and Kim, Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans -- into a world of creative, urban, edgy sketch comedy. Nominated for 15 Emmys in its five-season run, this Fox series introduced riotous, memorable characters such as Homey D. Clown and Fire Marshal Bill. Jennifer Lopez also got her start here as one of the dancers.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the humor in this groundbreaking sketch series is edgy and smart and was in many ways ahead of its time when it debuted in the early 1990s -- but today's teens (and younger children, especially) probably won't appreciate it from that perspective. They're more likely to latch on to the outrageousness of the show's characters and memorable catch phrases like "I'm gon' rock yo world," "Homey don't play that!" and "Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money!" Another downside? Kids could inadvertently add words like "honky" and "breasteses" to their budding vocabularies.

Sexual Content

Pimps and prostitutes appear in certain sketches, and jokes are rife with sexual innuendo. Puns include the use of sexually suggestive terms like "lesbian," "transsexual," "whore," and "syphilis."


Incidents are rare but tend toward the outrageous. One recurring character, for example, likes to hit others in the head with a sock full of rocks.


Mild curse words like "damn" and "hell" are left in, while "ho" and "ass" are bleeped out. Terms that deal directly with race include "honky" and "negro."

Social Behavior

There's at least a nod to fairness and inclusivity, in that jokes target just about every social group, including homosexuals, Caucasians, African Americans, and the disabled. But truly positive messages are pretty hard to find.


Sketches occasionally parody recognizable products. Celebrities and materialism are routinely mocked.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are sometimes shown drinking and smoking. Drugs like crack and marijuana are mentioned occasionally for comic effect.

  • 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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