A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's titular character is coddled by his parents, even though his behavior is often deplorable.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Occasional exaggerated animated violence for comedic effect.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional use of "damn" and "ass," with rare stronger words bleeped.
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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.
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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.
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.
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