Animals

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animals observe, imitate humans in crude animated comedy.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Animals observe, imitate human behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There's some friendship between animals.

Violence

Sexualized violence, killings.

Sex

Strong innuendo; animated animal-sex acts.

Language

"Ass," "bitch," "s--t," "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drunken behavior, drug use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animals is an animated series that isn't meant for kids. It contains strong (and often crude) innuendo, scenes featuring (animated) sex acts, and strong references to sexual violence. There's lots of cursing, drinking, and some drug use, too.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byGood reviews802 August 16, 2016

Great for 14 and up

There are some scenes not for young viewers. Lots of cursing. Don't recommend unless u know the birds and the bees.
Teen, 16 years old Written byMZ5781 May 17, 2016

HBO's Animals is a fresh comedic series...

HBO hasn't been known for its family programs. Animals is an adult satirical series. Since there are no limitations Animals contains strong language and th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Created and voiced by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, ANIMALS is an animated series about New York City animals and their human-style musings about life. From hipster mice to bedbugs struggling with divorce and depression, these Big Apple natives lead lives full of socially awkward moments, sexual escapades, midlife crises, and other big issues.

Is it any good?

This irreverent series, which originally debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, anthropomorphizes animals to share comical, bitter, and often clueless thoughts about day-to-day life. The delivery of these reflections is purposely drab and dry, and the voices of well-known celebs, including Molly Shannon and Paul Scheer, also add to the banter.  

The stories it tells aren't particularly unique or clever, and the flat delivery soon becomes stale thanks to its overuse. Some of what's featured is pretty crude, too. Nonetheless, there are some moments when you can't help but chuckle. If you like this sort of TV entertainment, no doubt you will appreciate what's being delivered here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of anthropomorphism on TV and in film. Can you think of popular shows that feature nonhumans acting like people? Why are the characters given those characteristics?

  • Edgy humor is often used to entertain and to make a point about communities or societies. Can this humor go too far? Who gets to decide if it does or doesn't?

TV details

For kids who love quirky comedy

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