Aqua Teen Hunger Force

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Oddball humor is OK for teens ... but is it funny?

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 101 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


Occasional cartoon violence includes guns and some blood.


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


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


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBeckley M. September 9, 2017

A Hardcore Review For Hardcore Parents

Most other reviews on this website have many broad reviews that don't apply to all episodes. My review will go season by season describing all of the conte... Continue reading
Adult Written byJendinto May 12, 2021

Love it but...

I personally love this show but I wouldn't let my daughter watch it. It can get disturbing, even for adults.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTomiscool November 7, 2016

Pretty Good, Sealab 2021 Remake.

Violence: 2/5: Some Blood. Sex: 3/5: Often Sexual. Language: 5/5: D--k, Penis,
Co--k, Ass, P---y, S--t, F--k, Bitch, Bastard Are All Said Uncensored.
Drugs/Smok... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMattBoo August 4, 2013

Hilarious show, but gets increasingly nasty...

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (alternatley titiled every season since 2011) is a guaranteed laugh riot, but depends on season if your kids are around.

But a little re... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether a cartoon really needs a plot to be funny. Do you think Aqua Teen Hunger Force is funny?

  • 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?

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