Wondering if Schmigadoon! on AppleTV+ is ok for kids? Schmigadoon! is rated TV-14 for suggestive sexual dialogue and language. A parody of musicals, it had me hooked in the first episode, and then the 2nd episode let me down as the show became more risqué. Here’s what parents need to know in this Schmigadoon! Parents Guide.
Schmigadoon! Parents Guide on AppleTV+
Schmigadoon! is a new musical comedy series executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) are a couple who have been dating for 3 years. They are on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover a magical town in which everyone is living in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” However, they’re soon finding out that maybe true love isn’t with each other.
Why is Schmigadoon rated TV-14? There are a lot of sexual innuendos within songs and through dialogue.
In the first couple of episodes there are a few uses of sh*t, a**, and hell. There are also uses of Deity.
In the first episode, there wasn’t too much sexual content, maybe a couple innuendos here and there in some songs. Melissa and Josh live together and there was implied sexual relations but no nudity.
In the 2nd episode, the sexual innuendos were more Saturday Night Live-ish. One character had a picnic basket and used food as sexual innuendos for body parts. However, the part that’s a little sketchy is they are supposed to be a “romantic interest” but it’s clear how much younger she is than Josh.
Characters drink alcohol. One drinks too much and talks about how she’s horny and wants to “ride you.”
There is some kissing.
Another set of characters are a stereotypical preacher and preacher’s wife, judging people for “living in sin.”
Is Schmigadoon! Appropriate for Kids Under 14?
The premise behind Schmigadoon! is clever, and I love a good musical. That’s why I was personally excited for this series. The first episode had promise and the musical theater productions are a good time. However, then things just took a turn in the 2nd episode. The town has an auction for women’s baskets, or like Cecily’s character said, auctioning off women like meat.
You get an impassioned speech from Melissa about how she’s an independent woman with brains and is a doctor, but then she goes right back to being a cliche. And really? Holding up melons as boobs and a giant sausage as a penis. We’re using that joke again?
If your kids like musicals, then they’d probably enjoy Schmigadoon! as some innuendos would go over their heads. Sadly it was a let-down for me, but hopefully it’ll pick up in Epsiode 3. The talent pool is strong, and I still have hope. After all, a song about corn puddin’ can fix anything.