Brickleberry

 
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Explicit cartoon plays with race, gender stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Everything goes in the name of comedy. The show is rampant in racial, gender, and homosexual stereotypes and pokes fun at serious issues including murder, rape, suicide, racism, abortion, prostitution, and racial profiling.

Positive role models

All of the characters are flawed, and there are few bright spots among them. To her credit, Ethel does attempt to do the job she was brought in to do, but her efforts are thwarted at nearly every turn by her unmotivated and clueless coworkers. An African-American character is secure in his job despite his ineptitude because of affirmative action, and he takes advantage of the situation to the detriment of his coworkers and the public. A woman's sexual orientation is uncertain, leading viewers to make assumptions based on her appearance and her actions.

Violence

Cartoon violence includes bloody beatings and gun violence (animals are shot and killed; a woman is shot through the hand). A man is indecisive about suicide as he holds a gun to his head. Animals are killed or maimed in collisions with cars, by being shot, and when they're bludgeoned by people. In one instance, a bear cub hangs suspended in front of a man's groin, and it's said he's being raped.

Sex

Animals engage in graphic simulated sex and oral sex in multiple configurations, with sensitive body parts blurred. Men and women are shown in bed presumably just after the act. Masturbation and oral sex are implied by hand gestures and body positions, and characters talk about sex and make suggestive remarks like, "Let's knock the dust off the old poontang." Vibrators, bestiality, rape, orgies, and other sexual content is often part of the plot. A woman's vagina makes a growling noise when she's sexually aroused, which happens often in mixed company.

Language

Gratuitous use of "s--t," "hell," "bitch," "damn," "Jesus Christ," and "ass," as well sexually graphic terms like "c--t," "penis," "skank," "poontang," "slut," "d--k," "a--hole," and "vagina." Only "f--k" is bleeped. Occasionally characters give the finger in anger.

Consumerism

Stories include references to popular websites like Match.com.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Ethel is an alcoholic who's trying to stay off the bottle, but her tendencies make her susceptible to sabotage from jealous coworkers and her own insecurities. When she's under the influence, she makes poor decisions, including one that resulted in the deaths of multiple people and cost her her job, albeit briefly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although it's a cartoon, Brickleberry is not appropriate for kids or teens. Rampant sexual content is at the heart of the show's comedy, including simulated sex (masturbation and oral sex, as well as the traditional kind); graphic and slang references to body parts like "d--k," "c--t," and "poontang;" partial nudity (sensitive areas are blurred, but butts are visible); and even talk of orgies, bestiality, and unusual fetishes. Characters are the brunt of jokes because of handicaps, a woman's sexual orientation is called into question because of her masculine appearance and tendencies, and racial stereotyping is extreme. Language is also big concern ("s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch" are audible; "f--k" is bleeped), as are scenes that show animals being shot and killed and some bloody violence toward people. Clearly this isn't a show that offers anything positive to kids of any age, but its irreverent content may garner laughs from adults who can put its shocking brand of humor in the right context.

What's the story?

BRICKLEBERRY is an animated comedy series set in the fictional Brickleberry National Park, where a team of inept rangers faces unemployment should tourist numbers continue to plummet. Enter Ethel (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), a granola-y forester from Yellowstone who's been brought in by Head Ranger Woody (Tom Kenny) to help shape up the park and save it from closure. Her arrival isn't welcomed by all of the staff members, especially Steve (Dave Herman), who sees it as a threat to his default title of Ranger of the Month. It will take all of Ethel's resolve to whip the park into shape -- not to mention the motley crew of rangers tasked with overseeing it.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Simply put, the only thing that's not shocking about Brickleberry is its TV-MA rating. As far as the content goes, if you can imagine it, it probably has a place in the outrageous plot that attempts to find humor in alcoholism, racial profiling, and nontraditional sexual appetites. From the African-American ranger who's playing the affirmative-action card to collect a paycheck without an honest day's work to a masculine woman who drops hints about her bedroom tendencies and gets audibly aroused in the company of a certain attractive coworker, this is an office pool unlike any you've ever seen.

The show's anything-goes style undoubtedly will entertain some adults, but it's way too much for kids. While parents can reconcile its messages with how the real world works, teens won't be able to do the same because they lack the necessary life experiences, which means the messages they get will suggest something entirely different. Bottom line? Keep this extremely irreverent (and purposely offensive) show as your own guilty pleasure, if it's your thing, and find something that gives a better impression of adulthood for your impressionable teen.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media reflects issues in our society. What does the content of Brickleberry say about how we relate to people? Does it have any valuable messages for viewers?

  • Does the humor in this show cross a line? Was there any content that you felt was inappropriate for viewers of any age? Which groups of people would find the stereotyping offensive?

  • How does animation affect the show's humor? What would it look like if it was live action?

TV details

Cast:Jerry Minor, Kaitlin Olson, Tom Kenny
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old November 22, 2012
 

BRICKLE-BERRY!

Brickleberry is one of the few good cartoons left. It follows six characters: Woody Johnson, Malloy the bear cub, Ethel Anderson, Steve Williams, Connie Cunaman, and Denzel Jackson. Woody is the cruel boss at Brickleberry, who treats his employees like trash. Malloy's parents were killed by a "crazy tourist" (really Steve), and enjoys video games, junk food, and ruining other's self esteem. Ethel is a caring, recovering alcoholic (one of the reasons I put positive role models at the top), who loves animals. Steve is the main ranger. He is an arrogant, narcissist, who usually only looks out for himself, but he does care about his friends. Connie is a butch lesbian ranger, who is objectified because of her sexual preferences, but manages to stay strong, and accepts herself as she is (another reason I put positive role models). Denzel is an african-american worker, who hates nature, therefore his job. All of the characters have major flaws (even Connie and Ethel). Woody was abused by his father, after the passing of his mother, and takes pent-up rage out on his workers. Malloy is very, very mean. He constantly says the cruelest things imaginable to the workers at Brickleberry, and to his guardian, Woody. Ethel (as I said) was an alcoholic, who was fired from Yellowstone park for being drunk on the job. She also has a strange fetish for killing animals (discovered after putting a suffering dear out of its misery, and starts killing animals for pleasure. Steve is a racist narcissist, who treats Denzel as a black stereotype (even though he's Denzel's best friend). Connie is literally insane. She drew a face on her hand, and talked to it, and has been traumatized after killing all of her fellow U.S. Seals in training. This isn't her fault, but she's also traumatized by her homophobe parents who disowned her for being gay. She became pretty messed up. Denzel has a strange fetish for elderly women, which gets him in trouble, and is a black stereotype. On a sex content rating, i'd give it 5 of 5. For language, 5 of 5. For violence, 4 of 5. For dugs and alcohol, 3 of 5. And 1 of 5 for positive role models. It's a very good show, it's just way over the top.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bydr dew September 25, 2012
 

one question why

i was watching this cartoon and found my self very disapinted in wat i saw partents PLEASE DO NOT LET UR KIDS WATCH THIS TRASH trust me its for the better even if they watch with u there will be some awcaward moments so please stay far far away from this show u will thank me later trust me
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bychurchWDDTCPG June 30, 2014
 

The show mostly focuses of the charteres about themselfs

So based off the reviews and my reglion this show is basically almost uncencered f--k is bleeped sensitive regions are blurred. And my what if question is: What if f--k was audible and the charteres gave the "e-- you" followed with the word gr--go and all the sensitive areas are ALL visable you'd be protesting against the show
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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