Parents' Guide to

Chicago Party Aunt

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gag-heavy animated series has mature content, heart.

TV Netflix Comedy 2021
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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

this show rulessssssss

this is the best show ever you are missing out
age 2+

Awful and absolutely cringeworthy

This show is a complete ripoff to Quandale Dingle. This show copied goofy aww uncle productions from Quandale Dingle. This show is terrible in every way, don’t watch it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

With a wisecrack-heavy style that leans into adult humor, this animated sitcom is easy to mistake for another Family Guy knockoff, but it has more heart than that. Based on the Twitter account of the same name created by former Chicagoan Chris Witsake, Chicago Party Aunt is at its core a good-natured satire of Chicago natives and adults who refuse to grow up. With respect to the former, get ready for a slew of Chi-town references, from Oprah to Uno Pizzeria to Mancow's Morning Madhouse. On the latter tip, creators Witsake, Ike Barinholtz (who also plays Diane's easily squicked out brother-in-law, Mark), and Katie Rich (who also plays Diane's coworker Zuzana) keep the vibe soft-n-cuddly by emphasizing the bonds between Diane and her family.

The central relationship is between Diane and nephew Daniel, who's getting an eyeful of a different kind of life once he moves in with his aunt: deep dish pizza and weeknight parties instead of quiet family dinners and lots of studying. It's a shift that could be ugly in a different show; a young man breaking bad instead of heading towards a bright future. Instead, Daniel's explorations are painted as self-actualizing. Diane's a profane wild woman out of control, true, but she's also deeply supportive of her nephew. "You're going to be aces, no matter where you end up," she tells him lovingly. Her lifestyle is unconventional, but Diane fully inhabits her life and enjoys every aspect of it, from work to friends to family. Despite her penchant for ragers and sailor talk, there are worse role models, and improbably, Chicago Party Aunt is rather sweet because of her.

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