What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the animated series Bounty Hunters features Southern-themed comedy with lots of stereotypes (including lots of redneck jokes). It also contains crude bathroom humor, salty language, and sexual humor. Physical fights are frequent, but no one gets seriously hurt. Activities like cigarette smoking, beer drinking, and drunken behavior are also common and played for humor. Despite the animated format, the show isn't meant for kids.
What's the story?
BOUNTY HUNTERS, CMT's first original animated series, features bounty hunter Jeff Barton (Jeff Foxworthy), and his team as they protect the town of Skeeter Creek. Along with Larry (Larry the Cable Guy) and Jim (Bill Engvall), they chase down unique fugitives that bail bondswoman Lisa (Lisa Lampanelli) needs to find. But nothing ever goes as planned, especially when the team loses its focus. It doesn't help when Barton's ex-wife Stacey (Samantha Bee) and her obnoxious new husband Nathan (Jason Jones) are around. Adding to the fray is local eccentric Jesco (Dave Thomas), who just happens to be Barton's dad. There's never a dull moment, but somehow the trio manages to get the job done, one ridiculous scheme at a time.
Is it any good?
Bounty Hunters spoofs shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter, and similarly-themed series with a decidedly country-style twist. Also generating laughs is the ensemble of notable comedians who regularly appear on the show, each of who stay true to their unique brand of Southern-themed humor.
Some folks will be turned off by the non-stop crude jokes and stereotypical comments. Others will just find it silly. But the overall series is well-written thanks to the talent behind it. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you like this sort of thing, you will probably find yourself chuckling.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about using stereotypes as a way of characterizing a group or community. Where do these generalizations come from? Is there such a thing as a "good" stereotype? Are stereotypes appropriate to use, even if folks find them funny?
What are some of the most famous films and TV shows about the American South? How have depictions of this region of the country changed over the years? What depictions (if any) remain the same?