Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Common Sense Media says

Oddball humor is OK for teens ... but is it funny?

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show’s pretty silly, but it highlights how absurdity and randomness can be funny.

Positive role models

Frylock's brains and maturity make up for Master Shake's ethical stumbles. But Meatwad usually gets squished in the process. Neighbor Carl is a terrible role model.

Violence

Occasional cartoon violence includes guns and some blood.

Sex

At least one episode involves a hooker, but the Aqua Teens are generally asexual. Their neighbor has pubic lice.

Language

"Hell," "bitch," "damn," and "ass" have free reign, but bigger words get bleeped.

Consumerism

The beer a neighbor drinks looks suspiciously like Budweiser.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer is featured prominently, although no one on the Hunger Force seems to drink. Drugs and tobacco pop up occasionally.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the members of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force don't really have much contact with water (except for their neighbor's pool), aren't really teens, and are occasionally hungry but rarely exhibit much force. Mostly, they're shown hanging around their house, which looks more like a bombed-out crack den, and getting involved in side schemes that never turn out well. They sling insults at each other, don't hold steady jobs, and apparently live off welfare. And to top it all off, they're junk food personified.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, the longest-running original series in Cartoon Network's late-night block, flies in the face of conventional comedy, Who would've thought that a milkshake, a meatball, and a container of fries could become rulers of their own cult domain? The show follows this trio of edible friends, who are supposed to be detectives but really aren't: Master Shake, a megalomaniacal milkshake (voiced by Dana Snyder); Frylock, a cerebral box of French fries (Carey Means); and Meatwad, a mild-mannered ball of ground beef (Dave Willis). The story lines are as absurd as the characters; for example, there's the time that Frylock decided to join a mountain biking club, never mind that as a levitating box of fries, Frylock has no legs and can't really ride a bike.

Is it any good?

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Some parents might wonder why this show is funny at all, since it really doesn't make any sense. But maybe the randomness is part of its charm. As a programming choice for kids, ATHF isn't the best. After all, the language is loose, the story lines nonsensical, and the Aqua Teens' next-door neighbor, Carl (also voiced by Willis), is probably one of the worst role models on TV. That said, Frylock serves as an oddly comforting father figure whose passion for science and technology sets a positive example for younger viewers. Meatwad, too, usually displays some sense of moral outrage, though it rarely shields him from Master Shake's schemes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a cartoon really needs a plot to be funny. (Based on Aqua Teen Hunger Force's popularity, apparently not.) The show also prompts questions about group dynamics among friends with distinct personalities. Why do some people become leaders who get to tell everyone else what to do -- and why do others become followers who get mercilessly pushed around? How many bad decisions does a person have to make before being ousted by disgruntled friends?

TV details

Cast:Carey Means, Dana Snyder, Dave Willis
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bycartoon reviewer November 2, 2013
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18
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Unlike Carl and Shake Frylock is a very good role model

This show is very random and most kids and adults will not understand its bizarre plot . In seasons 1-4 it is was ok for tweens and up but know the show has over the top violence, language, sex and drugs.Kids who could watch one episode that could be rated TV-PG could watch another rated TV-MA. This show shows humour through violence drugs and sex. The next door neighbour carl is a terrible role-model but master shake is just as bad. Having said that Frylock (The cereal box of chips)is a very good role model as he acts like a father towards Meatwad (who is an innocent piece of meat) and protects him from shakes evil plans like cooking him in a microwave and chopping him into pieces with a sword chainsaw. If you like South Park but without the structured plots then if your an adult out there this is the show for you.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old June 10, 2013
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2
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Yes, yes!

This show should be watched by anyone!
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 8 and 14 year old Written byRatedM_R April 2, 2011
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14
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Junior luvs it, she acts alot like Frylock, but her fav is Dr.Weird. Tim is not allowed till his 10+, he acts like Meatwad. Me i luv Frylock, my husband hates Carl but luvs Master Shake.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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