DJ & the Fro

 
Crude cartoon strives for idiocy -- and achieves it.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The two main characters spend most of their time goofing off in their cubicles instead of working and are prone to iffy behavior, like making racist jokes, spitting in colleagues' coffee cups, and drinking breast milk.

Violence

Some cartoonish violence (a cubicle collapsing on an office worker, for example), as well as a few live-action videos that show others getting hurt.

Sex

When applicable, DJ and the Fro's commentary about the videos they're watching can be sexually charged. One video shows two women making out; another shows chimpanzees having intercourse.

Language

Lots of bleeped language ("f--k" and "s--t"), as well as audible words like "bitch," "ass," "bush," and "douchebag."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Cree Summer, Matthew Silverstein, Nat Faxon
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2011
age 17+
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byTommypezmaster June 29, 2009
age 16+
 

Mtv goes back to animation

This is the best show of the year show far right next to Jimmy Two-Shoes
Parent of a 13 year old Written byCancelDJandtheFro December 22, 2009
age 14+
 

HORRIBLEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ and the FRO is a HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! show. Please remove it from the air at once! They are two racist pieces of S#@%! Trashy cartoon kids. This is what fuels ignorance in our society today. We should all come together and SUE the network. We are so tired of this CR#P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The writers should be shot and fired!

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