Allen Gregory

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Disturbing sexual humor in crass Jonah Hill animated comedy.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's titular character is coddled by his parents, even though his behavior is often deplorable.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is an exaggerated version of a 7-year-old with a genius intellect; he's pretentious, belittling, rude, doesn't respect authority, and makes sexually inappropriate comments. Other characters also represent negative caricatures of their type -- for example, gay men and school administrators.

Violence

Occasional exaggerated animated violence for comedic effect.

Sex

One of the show's central relationships is a 7-year-old boy's disturbing and sexual crush on a sixtysomething school principal. This is depicted through borderline explicit fantasy sequences involving animated near-nudity and intercourse depicted on-camera in a darkened room.

Language

Occasional use of "damn" and "ass," with rare stronger words bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional drinking (like when Allen Gregory drinks pinot grigio in the lunchroom), usually as part of a specific joke or comedic situation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated comedy series features some disturbing sexual humor relating to its lead character, a 7-year-old genius. Fantasy scenes between the boy and his much older principal involve near nudity and implied sex. There's also mild swearing and some negative messaging with regard to the lead character's poor behavior and disdain for authority.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byage 10+ February 7, 2012

Funny Show

This is a very funny show, but it is just not ok for young kids. But it is ok for tweens and they would probably enjoy it.
Adult Written byRobbyWBoy16 January 3, 2012

allen gregory

best teen actor jonah hill t.v show is fulled with good jokes and sexual content.
Kid, 11 years old December 11, 2011

Allen Gregory Rocks!

Very funny show about a pretentious 7- year old named Allen Gregory DeLongpre, who is forced to go to a public elementary school. A.G. is a rude, crude, dude wh... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2011

DONT WATCH IT

Sounds Boring....and I watch Shows Like Regular Show (not bad , u should watch it ;) ) i never watched this show, but it sounds like a show with lots of sex..do... Continue reading

What's the story?

ALLEN GREGORY (voiced by Jonah Hill) is a 7-year-old boy genius for whom the term "precocious" doesn't quite seem strong enough. He's basically a fortysomething snob in the body of a little kid, and his father (French Stewart) caters to his every whim. Until, that is, money gets tight and he has to place his precious child into the public elementary school system. The show deals with Allen Gregory's very difficult time adjusting his high standards and eccentric behavior to the realities of childhood.

Is it any good?

Allen Gregory is part of Fox's bedrock Sunday night animation block. After decades of series after series occupying these slots, from The Simpsons and Futurama to King of the Hill and Family Guy, there's a general tone that they all struggle to achieve. It's a tricky combination of the witty and the witless, and more often than not, the shows miss that mark entirely, even when they become wildly successful with an audience that prizes the witlessness more than the wit.

Allen Gregory has potential; there are some funny concepts, strong jokes, vivid characters, and a quirky animation style. Even the music has charm. But in its struggle to incorporate those witless, crass, and even shocking concepts that Fox viewers seem to require, it totally misses the mark. It's hard to find any humor in watching a 7-year-old child -- even an animated one -- engage in softcore sexual fantasies about his sixtysomething principal, complete with partial nudity of a grotesque parody of an elderly woman's body. Frankly, it's a bit nauseating.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's approach to sexuality. Were you bothered by any of the jokes?

  • Were you able to identify with Allen Gregory, even though he's such an unusual character? Are there any role models in this show? What are the messages expressed by the series and its characters?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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