Technically, what Friday’s premieres could be called the sixth season of the original show is just a 27-year gap. What’s so refreshing is how much the chemistry between these guys stays the same. In fact, it’s arguably stronger than the end of the series and Brain Candy, a time in their lives when the kids didn’t quite get along (and the less said about 2010’s Death Comes, the better). The guys broke into the premiere of the series, not at all desperate to please. That’s always been a big part of why they worked – they tried to only do what they thought was funny, never caring too much about whether you laugh or not. And they’re using Prime Video’s no-advertiser license to push boundaries that even HBO might object to. Let’s just say you’ll see more Babies than ever before.
There’s also an evil cynicism in the episodes sent to the press, as The Kids’ sense of humor seems to be darker than ever, kind of reflecting where we’re all in the 2020s. Yes, the show where Hitler once fucked a child’s favorite donkey was always a little vicious, but something here seems even more nihilistic because of the sketch about a dying old man who can’t get a child to send an ambulance because he doesn’t can you say this, an absolutely amazing piece about a post-apocalyptic rock ‘n’ roll DJ playing the same song over and over again. This is one of Dave Foley’s best parodies.
And that’s what’s so fun about having new kids in the audience – seeing how these great comedians can still hit it off from time to time. All five guys have great moments in episodes sent to the press, sketches based on their comedic personalities, and they don’t even remotely look like a lazy reunion tour. These guys don’t just recycle stuff. They are still funny, smart, and sometimes cruel. I am very happy to say that the children are still more than fine.
Five episodes are shown to the press. Premieres on Prime Video May 13th2022.