Regular Show

Common Sense Media says

Quirky animated series has some drinking, crude humor.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show isn't out to convey any specific constructive messages/take-aways. But you could argue that it promotes creativity with its interesting storylines and characters.

Positive role models

Although Mordecai is more levelheaded than Rigby, he always ends up going along with his friend's schemes. Occasional “guest” characters are based on racial/ethnic stereotypes.

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence (kicking, throwing, punching, shoving, etc.), but no one really gets injured.

Sex

Mordecai has a crush on a cardinal.

Language

Words like “pissed,” “screwed,” and “crap” are audible.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer drinking is visible; occasionally someone gets drunk and/or sick as a result.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated series is pretty edgy for non-Adult Swim Cartoon Network fare. It includes a fair amount of fantasy violence (kicking, punching, throwing, etc.) and some crude humor that isn't age-appropriate for younger tweens. There's also some salty language (“pissed,” “screwed,” “crap”), and characters are seen drinking beer, sometimes to the point where they act drunk and/or get sick. Occasional secondary characters are based on racial/ethnic stereotypes.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

REGULAR SHOW is an animated series about a six-foot-tall blue jay named Mordecai (voiced by J.G. Quintel) and a hyperactive raccoon named Rigby (William Salyers). The two friends are groundskeepers at a local park owned by Pops (Sam Marin), who's an eccentric, life-sized lollipop. Moredecai and Rigby try to keep themselves entertained while on the job, often at the expense of co-workers like High Five Ghost (also voiced by Quintel) and a Yeti named Skips (Mark Hamill). As a result, they usually find themselves in some strange situations ... and they always manage to annoy their boss, Benson, a walking, talking gumball machine.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This easygoing series is the brainchild of J.G. Quintel, who based its unique cast of characters on a series of independent short films that he produced while in art school. It’s definitely creative, but some of the fantasy violence and mildly crude humor aren’t appropriate for younger viewers -- and neither is the characters' drinking. But older viewers who are into creative animation will definitely appreciate the wit featured here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of some of the behavior shown in this series -- such as the drinking.

  • What audience do you think this show is aimed at? The Cartoon Network's younger viewers or its Adult Swim fans? Why?

  • If you were to create an animated series, what kinds of characters would it have? How can you create animated characters without relying on stereotypes to tell their stories?

TV details

Cast:J.G. Quintel, Sam Marin, William Salyers
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14 year old Written byChrist-Lover April 24, 2011
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7
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Very innocent show.

For the record, there is NO beer drinking, only coffee and soda. Having crushes isn't a sex issue. And I thought I could be overprotective. Language isn't an issue because kids have always been saying that. And I'm talking before this show even came out. The worst it's ever said is "How in the H are we gonna fix this S" but noone ever uses that. And it's funny! My children love this show and I end up laughing along. This certainly is better than the things on the air now.
EDIT: I am very disappointed in most of you guys. I come to a review for this and I see a bunch of spams of how inappropiate this show is. Now listen, this show does not cuss. They said some minor cusses in the beginning, sure. But it did not and I mean NOT say anything like sh-t or f-ck. If it did, believe me I would've noticed I've seen every single episode. Besides even if it were an adult show, they would've bleeped it out. And blood? When was they're ever blood? If you think this show is violent, your mistaken. Sure they showed a little blood in It's Time in the movie promo they wanted to see, but it was like, pink slob. It didn't even look like blood. Also in Jinx, they mirror demons or whatever they were had giant red scratches, but it wasn't blood. It you think THIS is a violent cartoon then try watching Superjail! or Happy Tree Friends because the most violent this ever gets, is explosions. This was never rated TV-14 or TV-MA. I don't even know what you're talking about. Maybe you're mistaking this for another show? Please, DO NOT put this on adult swim. I've finally found a show that I can watch with all my children that doesn't lead into arguing. Even my eldest child likes it. If you don't like the show, then simply just say so. You don't have to spam the reviews with all these lies. I mean do you people really believe this stuff? Shows like these don't expose a lot of cussing, reviews like those do.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byrandumchik May 5, 2011
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11
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Regular Show is actually one of the better shows on Cartoon Network because it's actually funny. The two main characters are slackers, but they do take on responsibility when the opportunity arises. It has a PG rating, so I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone under the age of 10. The language isn't bad at all, seeing as how children here worse just walking outside. I'm 19 and I love this show. It has a lot of pop culture references that adults and children will recognize. So do me a solid and watch it :D

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMordecaiandRigb... April 18, 2011
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regular show is a hilarious childrens show

I love it! I mean, the worst word i've heard on here was when mordecai said "we're screwed." yes, once mordecai said "you've pissed me off," too, but, those aren't even that mad. And I wouldn't freak out about them saying 'jerkwad' and 'turd'. The sexual references i've seen is when on a commercial for men's cologne,it says something about women ripping their clothes off (but i might have heard that wrong), andwhen rigby says "they're just gonna sit there talking about their feelings... fully clothed!" and "benson's gonna drop his balls when he sees how good we set up these chairs!" (benson being a gumball machine)and i've seen ONE drinking reference, when mordecai drinks alot of soda, and acts drunk (can't remember the next day), but, it has good morals.

In one episode, the racoon watched a scary movie and mordecai taught him to face his fears.

In another one, mordecai gives up a video game so that a man who 'has wasted my whole life on this game, the universe record is all i have...' could keep his 'universe record' title.

once, mordecai and rigby were performing as a band, and mordecai discovered they were lip-synching. then he pulled the plug on the boombox that was playing the music, and gave a speech about how that was lying and it was wrong.

mordecai is a good role model who always stands up for what is right. also, benson is a hard working responsible person, and he is also a good role model.

but the best thing about the show is the hilarity! my little sister (who is 8) and myself laugh out loud at this show.
the characters are well drawn, and likeable.the visuals are good. every plot has some sort of mystical or supernatural thing in it, which is amusing to young children. Overall, i give this show a big 'yeah-uh!"

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