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Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Animated drugging, drinking rap star is too crass for kids.

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Positive Messages

Redemption is the major theme, but Chozen hardly makes it look like a moral high road.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chozen is a once-admirable role model who's been corrupted by the system and now smokes, drinks, does drugs, and sexually harasses men -- and he isn't afraid to use force to get what he wants. A few secondary characters add some positivity to the mix, but Chozen's bad choices are the main source of humor.


Violence is mostly physical with punching and kicking, although some characters carry guns and use weapons. There also are some gross scenes involving vomit and blood.


Simulated sex acts include intercourse and oral sex, with some partial nudity (breasts and buttocks) and, on occasion, blacked-out genitals.


Unbleeped swearing includes "s--t," "bitch," "d--khead," "t-ts," "p---y," and "vag," with the strongest words, such as "f--k," bleeped.


A few brand names, such as YouTube, are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink to excess and do drugs on-screen (including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and "roofies").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chozen is a mature cartoon comedy intended for adults that's centered around a gay white rapper. That means you'll see simulated sex and partial nudity (albeit animated) and hear coarse, unbleeped language -- from "s--t" to "p---y" -- with stronger words such as "f--k" bleeped. You'll also see characters drinking and doing illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and pot, and see physical violence and gross-out humor involving visible blood and vomit. Some brands including YouTube are mentioned.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRalex5787y January 25, 2020

Not at all for kids

This show contains tons of nudity and drugs this is not for kids.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBradleyZehaa June 22, 2019

Not that bad

I know this show is probably a lot worse than shows like archer, Rick and morty, family guy, and brickleberry but it is about a rapper witch is a musician it 16... Continue reading

What's the story?

After serving time for a crime he didn't commit, a once-sunny hip-hop artist named Phil reemerges into society as CHOZEN (Bobby Moynihan), a hardened criminal with a thirst for redemption who sets up camp on his sister's couch at college. His priorities are a toss-up between food and sex with men. But getting back at his nemesis, Phantasm (real-life rapper Cliff "Method Man" Smith), and reclaiming his rightful spot at the top of the charts also are high on his to-do list.

Is it any good?

Even if you could argue that the jokes on Chozen are impeccable (which they aren't), there would still be plenty of people who would find them far from funny. After all, a rapper who flows rhymes such as, "Behold a hip-hop genius / lyrical master with a smooth-ass penis" is going to be a tough sell for most -- and he’s definitely not the right role model for your teens and tweens.

Of course, the fact that Chozen is an animated series could send a confusing message that it’s somehow suitable for kids, but please hear us when we say that it's not. Some of the crassest moments include an after-show party in a hotel room involving heroin and two tied-up girls being force-fed cold cuts. But a few of the funniest moments occur via flashback, when Chozen (then named Phil) was kinder and gentler -- and we kind of wish the show was about him instead.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Chozen's brand of comedy and whether it's dangerous to use stereotypes as a source for laughs. Is there a blurred line between funny and offensive? When does a joke go too far?

  • What is Chozen's target audience? Does the fact that the series is animated send a mixed message that it might be OK for kids?

  • How close does Chozen get to capturing the realities of rap culture and college life? What elements have been exaggerated for the sake of comedy?

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