A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
On the surface, this show is mainly a how-random-can-we-be? fest, but hiding deep, deep in the subtext are some genuinely sweet messages about facing your fears and being honest with yourself.
Positive Role Models
The doctor is unorthodox to say the very least.
Violence & Scariness
You can expect to see blood and guts, but it is all portrayed in an unnerving way that's a cross between comedy and horror, very much an Adult Swim trademark. There are scalpel-stabbings, medical procedures gone wrong, severed limbs, and suicidal robots galore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but an abundance of sexual references and imagery. An office aide mentions his "anus beads," someone grafts a robot hand onto his arm and it won't stop rubbing his crotch. Impotence and "fingering" are mentioned. Some bikini-clad women are shown wrestling suggestively in green slime, and a dream depicts two patients riding on the backs of extremely phallic cartoon dolphins.
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While obscenities are sometimes bleeped purely for comedic effect, for the most part the show lets the "F" word (and others like "hell," "s--t," "damn") fly.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The show is set in a medical facility where drugs are used in all sorts of inadvisable and medically inappropriate ways. Smoking and drinking are depicted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dream Corp LLC is a workplace comedy (of sorts) with heavy touches of horror. Patients have their unconscious minds explored, which means no topic is off limits, so you can expect to see sexual references and violence, though it's often presented in a bizarre or ridiculous manner. There are trippy, sometimes nightmarish animated interludes that may be freaky for younger viewers. The show is best suited for older teens and adults.
Is It Any Good?
While it won't be to everyone's taste, the unique blend of absurdist comedy, body horror, and an underlying tinge of melancholia make this show a real standout in the Adult Swim lineup. Dr. Roberts is a madman, to be sure, but Gries imbues him with a sincerity and an odd twinge of sweetness that makes him more than just a "nutty professor" type. Mark Proksch's assistant character Randy Blink straddles a fine line between dorky and creepy, and he makes even throwaway lines hilarious with his affable and genuine delivery. Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) and Liam Neeson are just a few of the celebs who make unexpected and amusing cameos.
As surreal and at times violently weird as this laboratory may be, at its heart this is a workplace comedy, which makes sense when you realize the executive producers are Stephen Merchant (who co-wrote and co-directed The Office UK, and also voices Dream Corp LLC's witty helper robot, T.E.R.R.Y.) and John Krasinksi (who starred in the US version of The Office). With an episode length of only 11 minutes, it's worth checking out for fans of the unconventional and loony.
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