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DJ & the Fro
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 animated series airs as part of MTV's "Balls Out Comedy" line-up, which targets adolescent and college-age males with crude jokes, stupid stunts, and potty talk. In addition to sexist and racist comments that are meant to be funny (for example: "I'll bet when this guy hears 'testify,' it's usually being shouted at him by the prosecution!"), there's a steady stream of both bleeped language and audible swearing ("bitch," "ass") and descriptive phrases like "Queefsteak Charlie." There's a little bit of violence, too, but it tends to be cartoonish.
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What's the story?
Longtime friends DJ & THE FRO are perfectly happy at their jobs. Perfectly happy, that is, because they spend most of their time ignoring their work in favor of trolling the Internet for funny, odd, or otherwise noteworthy viral videos. While the other employees at Oppercon Industries are buckling down to maximize inefficiency, DJ and the Fro are working hard to add their own crude commentary to random videos featuring ventriloquist dummies, plus-sized lesbians, and chimpanzees having sex. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to (not) do it.
Is it any good?
DJ & the Fro is slacker television, which means it succeeds in meeting its own low expectations. So is it funny? Well, sometimes, but the laugh factor probably depends on your taste when it comes to humor -- and your age. This show is aimed squarely at the YouTube generation.
When it comes to kid apropriateness, DJ & the Fro really isn't, although older teens (and boys, especially) will probably want to watch. And since the show is essentially helping your kids find videos they might have missed on their own YouTube searches, it's just one more source of content you'll have to keep tabs on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this animated series is realistic in its depiction of office shenanigans and worker productivity (or lack thereof) and whether it's meant to be taken seriously. What are DJ and the Fro supposed to be doing at work? Do you think it's right that they spend most of their time surfing the Internet on the company's dime instead? Why do you think the show's creators chose the format of combining animation with live-action videos? Do you think it's effective? Does it make you laugh?