Parents' Guide to

Code Monkeys

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Vintage video game animation is iffy for teens.

TV G4 Comedy 2007
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Visually for Kids - Writing is Not

Out of curiosity I watched the show. It is visually set up for kids but the writing topics revolve around black stereotypes, sexual harassment in the workplace, religious defamation, and lots of sexualized content. For the advancement of society I don't recommend it at all. At best, only adults should watch this.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+

Its pixels.

It is pixels. Don't get worked up.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The show stands out from other mature animated series in that it's created to actually look like the early arcade-style video games of the '80s. Guided by Jerry and Dave, the gang often embarks on adventures that bear striking similarities to the games of that era, which required players to solve clues, search through mazes, and fight mysterious enemies. But while the series' concept is unique, its thin plotlines offer very little outside of drug references, crude sexual innuendo, and bathroom humor. As a result, the games this crew plays are usually intended to locate things like drugs, alcohol, and other guilty pleasures.

While Code Monkeys does refer to some of the issues surrounding the video game industry in the '80s, the way it presents them isn't particularly thoughtful. It brings up concerns about games' potential negative impact on people -- but these references are usually offered only as a source of dark, often disparaging humor and are usually highlighted by the characters' negative behavior and racially motivated stereotypes that were common during the '80s. The jokes may draw some smiles from those who remember the decade, but it's definitely not for tweens. And despite its TV-14 rating, it makes for some iffy teen viewing, too.

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