TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
Bordertown TV Poster Image
Parents recommend
Immigration satire is irreverent but relies on stereotypes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Satire, stereotypes, anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some folks are prejudiced, corrupt; others aren't.


Animated fantasy violence, bloody gore; guns, references to rape, murder. 


Strong innuendo, partial (animated) nudity. Bathroom humor.


"Piss," "hell," "damn," "crap," "bitch," "bastard"; bleeped curses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol; cigar smoking, references to drug use and dealing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the satirical Family Guy sister show Bordertown contains lots of stereotyping, especially when it comes to Mexican immigrants and Americans living in the Southwest. It's an animated show for grown-ups, so there's lots of gory fantasy violence, strong sexual innuendo (including partial nudity), bathroom humor, and endless drinking. Drug use and trafficking are also common themes. The language is strong ("crap," "bitch," "bastard"; bleeped curses), too. It contains lots of anti-immigration rhetoric by some characters, though much of it is challenged.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChris071707 February 29, 2020


Of course there is gonna be stereotypes that is what its about.
Parent of a 10, 12, and 16-year-old Written byHendo H. U January 20, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byPme1223 August 6, 2018

Interesting premise

In the end it's kind of boring, bland, and with jokes too out of place
Teen, 13 years old Written byKartoonLover December 11, 2017

Hilarious Show

I watched one episode on Netflix and now I cant stop watching it. The mother always wants sex and there is one episode entirely about a ding-a-ling(if you know... Continue reading

What's the story?

From Family Guy creator Mark Hentemann comes BORDERTOWN, an animated series that takes a satirical look at life near the U.S.-Mexican border. Border control agent Bud Buckwald (Hank Azaria) and landscaping company owner Ernesto Gonzalez (Nicholas Gonzalez) are neighbors in Mexifornia, U.S.A., a fictitious desert town in the Southwest. While Buckwald struggles with his own prejudices and supporting his family -- including his wife, Janice (Alex Borstein); freeloading son, Sanford (Judah Friedlander); daughters Becky (also voiced by Borstein) and Gert (Missi Pyle) -- Gonzalez, his wife, Maria (Stephanie Escajeda), their son, Ruiz (Efren Ramirez), and their nephew, graduate student J.C. (voiced by Gonzalez), are living their American dream. As Mexifornia continues to change, their lives become more intertwined, and both sides learn more about the other. 

Is it any good?

This unapologetic and irreverent satire highlights the various social, political, and economic issues and controversies surrounding immigration and the prevailing attitudes about them. To this end, it relies on traditional and contemporary stereotypes -- from American rednecks and corrupt politicians to Mexican gardeners and violent narcos -- to make its points. True to Hentemann's style, it also contains its fair share of subtle pop culture references and crazy running gags that add to the fray.

Despite the zaniness, there's some smart commentary being offered here. But the cross-cultural humor may not sit well with some viewers, especially among those who believe that Latino populations have more to lose from the way their immigrant experience (legal or otherwise) is being characterized here. Nonetheless, folks who like this sort of humor will certainly find themselves laughing throughout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the U.S. media addresses immigration. Why is it so controversial? Is the coverage of this issue fair or unbiased? Do you think using stereotypes as a way of addressing immigration in entertainment programs is a good idea?

  • Are TV and film satires designed to get people to think more about the topics they're poking fun at? Or are they really just to make people laugh? Are there lines that shouldn't be crossed?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love edgy comedy

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate