Bordertown

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Immigration satire is irreverent but relies on stereotypes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
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 byChrisD 2 January 8, 2016

Could have been really good

Ok this show could have Been great it had potential to be good just the problem was the white father was a huge rasist. And I think it put white people' in... Continue reading
Parent Written byBLUWolfX January 7, 2016

It's not that bad

I think it's pretty good for kids 13+, I mean, Buds head exploded but it didn't offend me. So I think it's fine.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMrMoviesGuy February 2, 2016

Awesome new show, a little bit racist but this is less inappropriate than Family Guy and South Park , should be watched by teens and very mature children.

This show is my new favorite , but it is a little bit offensive to Mexicans. This is about the Americans getting angry at Mexican people because the Mexican peo... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 17, 2016

For teens

There is a large amount of salty languege (the worst of which is censored.) the humor relies on stereotypes, of both red necks and mexicans, and can be kind of... 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

For kids who love edgy comedy

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