A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Clarence is an animated series created by Skyler Page of Adventure Time fame that features a similar brand of absurdity and crudeness. Overall the content is less edgy than Adventure Time's, mostly mining laughs from bathroom humor, kid spats, and the characters' various body-related quirks (a speech impediment, excessive salivation, rude eating habits). Kids tease each other about having crushes and reference "making out," and Clarence's mom has a live-in boyfriend who looks sketchy but truly cares for his adopted family. Playground talk such as "I'm gonna kill you!" is a frequent flier in the kids' dialogue, too.
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What's the story?
CLARENCE is the story of an optimistic young boy who sees big possibilities everywhere he looks. Being the new kid in town doesn't slow him down one bit, and his sunny personality soon wins over two best friends, uptight Jeff (voiced by Sean Giambrone) and offbeat Sumo (Tom Kenny). No matter what each day holds, Clarence (Skyler Page) is game for it, whether it's a trip to the local burger joint with his mom, Mary (Katie Crown), or an epic game of king of the mountain at the nearby park.
Is it any good?
Adventure Time fans will want to check out Clarence, creator Skyler Page's follow-up project that's bound to please many with a similar design style and caliber of humor. The bizarre characters are oddly likable, and their various afflictions will appeal to kids' fondness for the absurd. What's more, it's even possible to find some decent substance in Clarence's unwavering optimism, which sees him through friendship troubles and contentious dealings with other peers.
But the overall result is a little uneven. Clarence's content isn't quite as edgy as Adventure Time's, but, in appealing to a slightly younger crowd, it still poses some questionable issues for kids. A rough-looking live-in boyfriend in Clarence's house might raise some queries from your kids, for one, and, because the show subtly mocks a number of unusual physical characteristics -- such as the main character's speech impediment and excessive weight -- it's important that your kids understand the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at him.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about role models. Do any of these characters stand out in a positive way? How do their actions make them good role models? Why is it important to have role models?
Kids: Do you like this show's use of crude humor? Does it always serve a purpose in the show, or is any of it for shock value alone?
Parents and kids can talk about what it's like to feel out of place. Do your kids have an easy time fitting in with new people? What are some skills they can use to break the ice in new settings?
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