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Aqua Teen Hunger Force

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

Premiere date:December 30, 2000
Cast:Carey Means, Dana Snyder, Dave Willis
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 18, 2015


OK, I am 13 years old, I have been watching this since I was 12. The only episodes I am allowed to watch are the episodes rated TV PG and TV 14. TV MA, I can watch when I am 16-17 years old. Here is a list of the TV MA episodes: 59 - "Dickesode" - TV-MA 64 - "Grim Reaper Gutters" - TV-MA 65 - "Moonajuana" - TV-MA 67 - "Antenna" - TV-MA 69 - "Boston" – TV MA 71 - "Sirens" - TV-MA 72 - "Reedickyoulus" - TV-MA-V 73 - "Hoppy Bunny" - TV-MA 74 - "Laser Lenses" - TV-MA 75 - "Couples Skate" - TV-MA 76 - "Dummy Love" - TV-MA 77 - "The Marines" - TV-MA 78 - "Bible Fruit" - TV-MA 79 - "Gene E." - TV-MA 80 - "Shake Like Me" - TV-MA 81 - "She Creature" - TV-MA 82 - "Chick Magnet" - TV-MA 83 - "The Creature from Plaque Lagoon" - TV-MA 86 - "Fry Legs" - TV-MA 87 - "Der Inflatable Fuhrer" - TV-MA 88 - "Last One Forever and Ever" - TV-MA 89 - "Rubberman" - TV-MA-V 90 - "Eggball" - TV-MA 92 - "Monster" - TV-MA 94 - "A PE Christmas" - TV-MA 95 - "Larry Miller Hair System" - TV-MA 96 - "IAMAPOD" - TV-MA 98 - "Juggalo" - TV-MA 99 - "Kangarilla and the Magic Tarantula" - TV-MA 100 - "One Hundred" - TV-MA 101 - "Allen, Part 1" - TV-MA 102 - "Allen, Part 2" - TV-MA 104 - "Freedom Cobra" - TV-MA 113 - "Shirt Herpes" - TV-MA-S 114 - "Rocket Horse & Jet Chicken" - TV-MA 115 - "The Granite Family" - TV-MA 116 - "Bookie" - TV-MA 117 - "Fightan Titan" - TV-MA 118 - "Buddy Nugget" - TV-MA 120 - "Totem Pole" - TV-MA 124 - "Banana Planet" - TV-MA 131 - "Mouth Quest" - TV-MA-L 133 - "The Hairy Bus" - TV-MA 139 - "The Greatest Story Ever Told" - TV-MA 140 – “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters - TV-MA-V”
Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl October 31, 2010
Actually, there IS an entire episode about their dog raping their neighbor. And the dog is male. I don't have to paint you a picture. But it was hilarious. Yeah, this show's pretty good. I watch just about everything on CartoonNetwork- [adultswim], especially Family Guy and whenever the Oblongs come on.
Kid, 10 years old June 10, 2013

Yes, yes!

This show should be watched by anyone!
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