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 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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