Allen Gregory

Common Sense Media says

Disturbing sexual humor in crass Jonah Hill animated comedy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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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  • 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

Cast:French Stewart, Jonah Hill, Nat Faxon
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old December 11, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

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 who says terrible things to people. He has a Cambodian sister Julie, who has two best friends named Val and Beth. Allen Gregory's father is a homosexual, who made a straight man leave his wife and kids to be with him. The main aspect of this show that is great is the insane CRUELTY! One thing that pisses me off is the insane sexual fantasies thought of by Allen Gregory about his sixty-something year old principal. He is also very cruel to his teacher Gina Winthrop. Allen Gregory is some what of an alcoholic. He drinks Pinot Grigio at school.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

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..dont want to see it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old November 13, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Edgy, and just BAD.

I saw this show and was immediately like: "This is just sad." I didn't like its content, and I thought it was poorly made. Don't even give this show a chance.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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