Breadwinners

Common Sense Media says

Potty humor dominates laughs in chaotic, bizarre cartoon.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The show doesn't set out to teach any lessons or model any markedly positive behavior. Bathroom humor involving poop and fart jokes, as well as frequent mention of butts, wedgies, and buttcracks, are very popular and account for a lot of the show's intended laughs. SwaySway and BuhDeuce enjoy a close friendship and always manage to work together to get out of the jams they fall into, but their methods usually involve fighting or trickery of some kind.  

Positive role models

The main characters are absurdly odd, and they rarely make good judgment calls right out of the gate. Their plans seem destined to fail, but they never seem to realize the havoc they cause. In contrast, the Bread Maker attempts to give them some wise advice, but often the message doesn't sink in.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon-style violence with punching, kicking, and crashes, with a few injuries that disappear as quickly as they come. Some monstrous characters look and sound menacing, and occasionally they eat their smaller counterparts, but the show intends for all of this to be funny rather than upsetting. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

One character's favorite exclamation is, "Oh, bubblenuggets." Also many references to butts. 

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Breadwinners is filled with colorful characters and bizarre predicaments kids will like, as well as an extensive amount of chaos and pervasive potty humor that parents might not. The main characters talk and joke about their butts repeatedly, and they can "level up" their rumps to use them as weapons, throwing punches at their enemies with their plump cheeks. Farting also is popular and the source of many laughs. Expect some mild racial stereotypes in the characters' appearances and dialogue, which aren't meant to be offensive, and a fair amount of cartoon-style peril. The bottom line? This imaginative show has plenty of sights and sounds that kids will enjoy, but if you're looking for some substance in their entertainment, you won't find it here. 

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Kids say

What's the story?

BREADWINNERS follows the misadventures of best friends and business partners SwaySway (voiced by Robbie Daymond) and Buhdeuce (Eric Bauza), who traverse their planet Pondgea delivering pipin' hot bread from the back of their flying Rocket Van. There's nothing mundane about these ducks' daily route, and with their big personalities and zest for life, there's no telling where their travels will take them or what mishaps might befall them. Fortunately they can "level up" to knock their way out of any sticky situation, and they have a righteous mentor in The Bread Maker, who's always ready with some advice -- and a fresh loaf -- if ever his biggest fans need it.

Is it any good?

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Breadwinners relies heavily on wedgie and flatulence jokes to maintain kids' attention through 30 minutes of generally bizarre plots and a parade of strange characters. There's some merit to the dynamic duo's friendship and the fact that neither leaves the other out to dry in any of their mishaps, but this kind of content seems more a lucky byproduct than the intended message of a show in which silliness and physical comedy rule supreme.

One thing the show does have going for it is a wealth of funny bread-related puns, from delivering a "pumperknuckle punch" to a bad guy to saying goodbye with a resounding, "Hasta la yeasta!" Unlike a well-worn poop joke, these never get old, but then again, they're not likely to strike the same chord of hilarity with your kids. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this show's intention. Is there a message of any kind to be found in this story? Does any of it reflect reality? Does entertainment always have to teach you something to be worthwhile?

  • Kids: Do you find the show's bathroom humor funny? Could it be offensive to anyone? Is it difficult to draw the line between content that's comical and content that goes a little too far? 

  • Where do you think this show's creators came up with the idea for these characters? Kids: If you designed a show, what would its characters be like? What adventures would they have? 

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySodaDog February 15, 2014
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2
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As peverted and bad as Sanjay and Craig!

Nickelodeon, try harder will you? Not everything is about "butts", "farting" or messing with "underpants"! That is what only perverted people do! The animation is junk, the plotlines are unimaginative, and the BUTT JOKES AREN'T EVEN FUNNY. It's on the same level as Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay & Craig, and even The Thundermans! Did I mention Every Witch Way, too? COME ON, NICK! LISTEN TO YOUR FANS FOR ONCE AND STOP CREATING AWFUL BOMBARDMENTS LIKE THIS!! EDIT MARCH 9: Today's newest episode RIPPED OFF Imatation Krabs, a Spongebob episode! That proves this new low doesn't get even a star! Did i mention they ripped off Employee of the Month & Procastonation?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old March 5, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

This is more disgraceful than Wild Grinders!

Unfortunately, Nickelodeon did not take my advice and made an even worse show than Wild Grinders. Now, they made a show with harmless-looking green versions of Flappy Duck, wearing small, seemingly adorable outfits. But don't let that trick you. These ducks sell bread and talks about butts while doing it. They cross the line of potty humor and replace it with inappropriate "humor" that no child should be watching, no matter how big of a Nickelodeon fan he or she is. At least the voices aren't too bad, but the plots are much worse and weirder than Wild Grinders. These ducks also TWERK. Yes, you read it correctly... twerk. Now THAT is definitely crossing the line between kid-friendly and more mature, because NO child should have to be scarred or suffer watching TWERKING on a Nickelodeon kid's show. Now, Nickelodeon, at this point you better not disappoint us again. We fans can't stand it anymore. This time, PLEASE make something as good and kid-friendly as Spongebob Squarepants or your older shows, such as Rugrats. Even those were so much better. Now this time, you should definitely think the process through before creating another show with a horrible plot, horrible characters, and horrible mature things happening.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byadvocatewhat'sright February 17, 2014
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LEARNING

Stupid but mostly harmless

I rated this as "Just fine" because it's mostly harmless. It's a pretty stupid show though. FYI, I don't really consider butts blatant potty humor. Sanjay and Craig is different. It actually does stuff like butt TRANSPLANTS, barfing, flatulence, pooping, and peeing. OK, this show did have a "do you poop" joke, but that's not too bad. The pilot shown at YouTube is probably the cleanest episode of this show. I might change my mind if the show has worse potty humor in future episodes. UPDATE ON FEBRUARY 26: I changed my mind. I'm changing my rating from 3/5 to 1/5 and from on for ages 7+ to iffy for ages 8+. Here's why. The episode Frog Day Afternoon had their pet frog eating a beehive and flatulating out the bees. Then, after that, the frog started CHASING the bees like it was actually going to eat them AGAIN. Plus it aired with another terrible episode called Stank Breath. The episode was about Buhdeuce eating "stank bread" which SwaySway said was eaten and regurgitated by monsters and it causes lots of problems. They eventually consult The Bread Maker and find a cure, but then Buhdeuce eats another rotten piece of bread that makes him have bad gas. At first I didn't know why the main review for this show made it sound like the show had more crudity than I saw, but then I realized they must have seen more episodes than what first aired on February 17. Also, according to the Breadwinners wikia, the next episode is going to be called Employee of the Month. So now they're ripping off SpongeBob, just like Sanjay and Craig. Then it will also air with Brocratination which will be about SwaySway and Buhdeuce having to take care of dirty dishes. Which sounds like a rip-off of the Procrastination episode of SpongeBob where he had to write an essay. And Dog Day Afternoon was already spoofed in The Fairly OddParents, so again, this show lacks originality. Although that's not much of a surprise considering how limited the premise is. To SodaDog, I saw your reviews of Sanjay and Craig and Oliver & Company, could you post reviews at tv.com too? See my updated review of Oliver & Company at tv.com. Also to MrMovieBuff, I saw your review of The Thundermans was taken down, could you try to write a new one? I think it was taken off because of how instead of The Haunted Hathways, he wrote Homosexual Crapaways. I'd recommend you don't write that in the update.
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