Delocated!

 
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Witness protection reality spoof has some iffy content.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though he's concerned about their welfare, Jon puts his family in danger by having them appear on a reality show. The cast isn't very diverse.

Violence

The family lives in constant fear of being murdered by the mob. Guns are occasionally visible, and gunshots are sometimes fired, but no blood is shown. It's all intended to be lighthearted.

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo, including conversations about getting "laid." References are made to infidelity. Jon is sometimes visible in just his underwear (and ski mask, of course).

Language

Lots of strong language; words like "piss," "dick," and "hell" are audible, while stronger words ("s--t," "f--k") are bleeped.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and beer are occasionally visible/consumed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Adult Swim series about a family in witness protection that risks their lives by appearing on a reality TV show is an iffy choice for young teens. It includes constant discussions about being murdered, as well as images of guns and gunshot victims (though no blood is seen). There's also plenty of strong language ("dick" and "pissed" are audible, while "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped) and some strong sexual innuendo, including references to "getting laid."

What's the story?

Live-action Adult Swim comedy DELOCATED! centers on a suburban family that has opted to move to New York City to be on a reality show about their lives. The twist? They've been living undercover in witness protection program since husband "Jon" (Jon Glaser) testified against the Russian Mafia. Jon, his wife "Susan" (Nadia Dajani), and their son "David" (Jacob Kogan) must go by new names, wear ski masks, and have their voices surgically altered to maintain their anonymity. With the protective help of agent Mike (Kevin Dorff), the three live in front of the cameras, putting themselves at risk every day. Meanwhile, cameras also follow hit man Yvgeny (Eugene Mirman) as he watches Jon's every move and plots his revenge against the man who ratted on his friends and family.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This reality TV parody offers some mild social commentary about the needless and often irresponsible public exposure that people subject themselves to when they agree to have their daily lives filmed for entertainment. But it's clear that the series isn't meant to be taken seriously, thanks to how ridiculous the actors look wearing ski masks and sounding like garbled robots as they go about their day.

It's all pretty silly, but it does offer a unique brand of humor that folks who like this sort of thing will appreciate. It also has some decidedly mature content. There are constant discussions about being murdered, and people occasionally get killed (though there's no gore to speak of). It also has plenty of strong language and sexual innuendo; all of that adds up to make it age-inappropriate for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between "regular" comedy and parody. Do all parodies contain social messages? Do these messages have to be positive ones? Families can also discuss why people agree to be on reality TV. Why do people allow their lives to be exposed in the name of entertainment? What kind of consequences does this have for their lives? Would you appear on a reality show? Why or why not?

TV details

Cast:Jon Glaser, Kevin Dorff, Nadia Dajani
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThreeDaysGracesGirl October 28, 2010
 
Funny. Shut up Common Sense Media.
Teen, 16 years old Written byNlrvana August 27, 2010
 
It's kind of a weird show...I first watched it and I really did not know much of what was going on. But I had a few laughs. Most likely kids won't even WANT to watch it, unlike Family Guy or South Park.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byreviews you read August 21, 2011
 

CSM is right

inaporpreate but good show
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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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