A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's content is meant to be taken as a spoof, but it still glorifies all of the worst parts of reality TV -- from prejudice and fighting to over-the-top interpersonal drama.
Positive Role Models
This is a satirical look at the reality TV roster, so the characters' faults -- greed, insecurity, jealousy -- are exaggerated cartoonishly (pun intended). Characters are also purposely one-dimensional, sending up stereotypes based on race, gender, and sexuality.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are involved in some fight scenes; also fistfights and lots of name-calling. Flashback to a sexual assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sexual intercourse; graphic depictions of both straight and same-sex making out; some blurred/"censored" shots of animated nudity; characters' sexuality is always up for discussion/interpretation. Many of the female characters wear tight/skimpy outfits.
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"Shut up," "sucked ass," "that's gay," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A good amount of social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this reality TV spoof is a cartoon, it's not for kids. The purposely stereotypical characters are irreverent and sarcastic and make fun of everything. This means that almost every episode includes various slurs and situations in which the characters insult one another, as well as people of different ethnicities, religious groups, and sexual orientations. Iffy language and frequent sexual shenanigans are also on the hit list.
Is It Any Good?
Because Drawn Together is a cartoon aimed at adults, it tends to push the envelope a lot further than live-action reality shows, particularly where sex and sexuality are involved. Characters' sexuality is constantly being examined and challenged, kissing scenes are exaggerated (viewers see tongues rotating and hyper-flailing), and in one episode, a flashback shows Captain Hero being gangbanged by a group of fraternity brothers at a party.
Anyone expecting a feel-good animated show when they tune into Drawn Together will be sorely disappointed. The series -- which sometimes feels like a strange, hit-and-miss hybrid of South Park and The Surreal Life -- can be funny, but it's definitely for mature audiences only.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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