Adventure Time

Common Sense Media says

Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though it's clearly intended to be a fantasy, the show promotes an unrealistic view of responsible behavior, as the main characters answer to no one but themselves and their only ambition is for outlandish adventures. Potty humor (vomiting, references to "explosive diarrhea," and the like) is a frequent source of humor.

Positive role models

Despite their youth, Finn and Jake are completely self-reliant and have no responsibilities. Their motivation for their antics usually is well-meaning, though, and they never set out to do any real harm. As the standout female character, Princess Bubblegum bucks the stereotype of royalty, taking a leading role in Finn and Jake's adventures and often lending a hand with her knowledge of math and science.

Violence

Finn and Jake use an array of weapons in their adventures -- including flame throwers, swords, and sticks -- though they don't usually use them against other people. In one episode, they stab and sever undead candy characters, who ooze green goo from their wounds.

Sex

Occasional very mild innuendo. A cupcake is asked to take his wrapper off during a game of Truth or Dare, for instance. A group of partygoers play Seven Minutes in Heaven.

Language

Sporadic use of terms like "sucks" and "friggin'."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Adventure Time contains some mild weapon use and gateway language (like "sucks" and "friggin'") and so is not appropriate for very young kids. The show is rooted in fantasy and absurdity, which is fun for older kids and tweens who can get the references and irony and separate it from reality. Youngsters, however, might be confused and get iffy messages from Finn's unlikely carefree lifestyle. Cartoon-style violence (flame guns, swords, etc.) is common throughout the show, but generally aimed at creatures like zombies, rather than living beings.

Parents say

What's the story?

ADVENTURE TIME chronicles the off-the-wall, colorful, and often absurd and hilarious escapades of a boy named Finn (Jeremy Shada) and his talking canine friend, Jake (John DiMaggio), who team up for fun in the mystical Land of Ooo. Wherever there's trouble, Finn and Jake are ready for action in the name of justice and adventure often coming to the aid of their friends Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch), Marceline the Vampire Queen (Olivia Olson), and the colorful assortment of Ooo residents.

Is it any good?

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If you put an 8-year-old boy's imagination to paper, the result would be pretty close to the place Finn and Jake call home. Few rules of the real world apply in Ooo, where there's really no telling what adventures each day will bring. Older kids capable of getting the show's tongue-in-cheek, ironic, and referential humor will revel in the nonsensical fun, and are likely to be hooked by the sumptuous and surprisingly deep Adventure Time universe. Younger kids might be a bit baffled, but the show is so inventive and gorgeously rendered that even young kids may find it dazzling.

The show does feature a fair amount of marginal language ("sucks" and "friggin'," for example), so if your tweens are apt to repeat everything they hear on TV, you may want to opt out of this one. Another concern is Finn and Jake's reliance on weapons (swords, sticks, fire, etc.) to resolve disputes, though their victims (zombies, in one case) are mostly inhuman in nature.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss how the Land of Ooo compares to the real world. What aspects of Finn and Jake's world are rooted in fantasy? Is any of it relevant to the real world? What place does fantasy have in entertainment? Does entertainment always have to have a strong message, or can it just be fun?

  • Kids: How is your impression of the world shaped by what you see on TV or in movies? Have you ever changed the way you view something because of something you saw on TV? If so, when? How can we use this power of the media to influence positive change

  • Kids: How does Adventure Time show us that Finn and Jake are friends? What have you learned about friendship by watching the show? Do any of the characters remind you of your friends, family, or people you know?

  • Why does Finn sometimes use weapons or violence to solve problems? What would happen in real life if a kid used the same kinds of weapons? Do you think it's funny to watch mild violence like this? Can you separate Finn's use of weapons with what's appropriate in real life?

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Written byAnonymous June 10, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

This is NOT for ten-year-olds!

Well, this show has much more adult content then this review says. Firstly, they say adult things like pervert, sexy, and more. There is violence, and a lot of it. There is also words like crap and freaking.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bywstsdgrl April 19, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

Uses the word "sexually" between characters.

My son asked me about breaking promises which seems to be a good message. I sat down and watched it with him after that and the two characters were talking to the ice king guy and said that there was a volcano monster or some sort in the yard and he was "hot" the dog said to the boy "hot?!" the boy said "not SEXUALLY hot" REALLY?!!? This was on at 8p on CN and they are saying "sexually"?! I was floored and saddened that I had to tell my son he couldnt watch this show anymore.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written bybrono January 3, 2011
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10
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unbelievable

I'm sorry but you people are a bunch of prudes. This show is totally appropriate for your children. Believe me, if there's any "adult humor" the WILL NOT get it. Do not rely on cartoons to raise your kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byOnamar May 7, 2010
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8
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It's rated PG you know

To all the other parents complaining about the content of this show, I have one thing to say: The show itself gives you fair warning. It's rated TV-PG, and the rating fills the ENTIRE SCREEN right before the show starts. And about "lump" I hope you're aware that Spongebob has been using words in place of swears for the past 10 years. (Barnacles, Tartar Sauce, Fish Paste, etc) Honestly, your kids probably hear much worse words than "sucks" or "frickin" at school. I know my son definitely has heard worse at school.. It's a fun show, much better than other shows on Cartoon Network like Total Drama Island or Johnny Test, which are just endless strings of fart jokes and crude humor. Looney Toons is filled with violence, Flapjack is much scarier than this show, most cartoons that are on these days are filled with fart jokes and brainless "humor." This is one of the best and most fun cartoons to come out since Chowder, honestly if you don't let your kids watch this, then they're missing out.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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