A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Occasional cartoon violence includes guns and some blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
At least one episode involves a hooker, but the Aqua Teens are generally asexual. Their neighbor has pubic lice.
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"Hell," "bitch," "damn," and "ass" have free reign, but bigger words get bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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