HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART II was not necessary to film, premiere, or watch. It was used up almost four hours of my life that I muddled through. I was originally excited about reviewing this series when I heard about it. Like my colleague Aaron, I should have stopped after the first episode. When will I ever learn, sometimes there aren’t redeeming moments or a pay-off at the end. 

HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I came out in 1981. Our society’s morals and values have changed since then. Potty mouth, drunk humor, various vulgarities are expanding their spectrum of decency. This series stayed the same. It was, at times, cringe-worthy to watch. It is a huge shame since the list of stars attached to PART II is impressive. But sheesh, what a waste of their talent. There were glimmers of some funny nuggets in their program of many sketches. But the writers took it so far over the top it just lost its zing. I kept asking myself how much penis, Hitler, Jesus, and Ulysses Grant humor is necessary?  

I don’t want to waste more of my time, so suffice it to say, HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART II is just not my cup of tea. Mel Brooks said it all in the intro. Money talks. It talks even louder than quality entertainment. This series is available to stream or not on HULU. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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