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Drawn Together

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Mature 'toon spoofs reality TV. Kids beware.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Guns are involved in some fight scenes; also fistfights and lots of name-calling. Flashback to a sexual assault.

Sex

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.

Language

"Shut up," "sucked ass," "that's gay," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A good amount of social drinking.

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.

What's the story?

In DRAWN TOGETHER, eight dysfunctional cartoon characters with archetypical personalities are forced to live, hang out, and generally deal with one another -- much like the shows The Real World and Big Brother. There's Captain Hero (voiced by Jess Harnell), a muscular "Superman" who's a hard-drinking, egotistical womanizer; sheltered Princess Clara (Tara Strong); manipulative Betty Boop look-alike Toot Braunstein (Strong again); obnoxious party animal Spanky Ham (Adam Carolla); lone African-American character Foxxy Love (Cree Summer); attention seeking SpongeBob SquarePants-esque Wooldoor Sockbat (James Arnold Taylor); closeted pretty boy Xandir (Jack Plotnick); and loner Ling-Ling (Abbey McBride), a Pokemon-inspired character. The roommates deal with everyday problems. In one episode, for example, Toot obsesses that she isn't pretty enough after Wooldoor calls her fat. But more often, the issues on this show are exaggerated -- in another episode, Captain Hero pops steroids to ensure he crosses the AIDS Walk finish line first.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality TV shows. Why are they entertaining? Do producers follow a specific formula to garner laughs (or gasps of shock)? Why do regular people go on reality TV shows?

  • What kind of values do reality shows promote? How does this series mock those shows? What is it trying to accomplish?

  • When does spoofing something cross the line? Are stereotypes ever OK?

TV details

Premiere date:October 27, 2004
Cast:Cree Summer, Jess Harnell, Tara Strong
Network:Comedy Central
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysanban6 July 22, 2010

It's FINE

Some of you are taking shows way too seriously. My eight-year-old brother watched it with me because I was watching it when he came in, and didn't repeat anything, handled it way more maturely then most teenagers. Guess some kids just don't know right from wrong. My 11 year old cousin watched it too. Both of them and myself haven't been mind-corrupted from it. SHOCKING, right?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written bynickk1 July 29, 2015

Great show

Not for kids, but incredibly funny. Also, since when was Ling Ling the loner character?
Parent of a 11, 14, and 15 year old Written bycashed12 July 12, 2010

raunchy,gory,and not so good,KIDS BEWARE!

Ever wonder what will happen if you watch Drawn Together?: You see very bad messages,Extreme cartoon violence,Explicit sexual content,and persuasive strong language,This is funny and raunchy,But you see it is in a VERY explicit matter,So i give Drawn Together a OFF choice,That means NO ONE under 17 can watch this
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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