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 Duncanville is an animated sitcom about an average teenager living life with his family and friends. It has some sex jokes and crude language, and characters argue and hurl insults. There are brief references to child abuse. References to things like Twizzlers, Groupon, and Papa John's Pizza are common. Movies, music albums, and characters from a range of popular culture are heavily incorporated into the story, too. Teens drink, sneak out of the house, and consume cannabis products.
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What's the story?
Executive-produced by Amy Poehler, DUNCANVILLE is an animated sitcom centered around the day-to-day life of a very average teenager. Duncan (voiced by Poehler) is a 15-year-old boy with limited goals, minimal talents, and a rich fantasy life. He comes from a loving family, including his dad, Jack (Ty Burrell), who's constantly trying to be the parent his own father never was, his mom, Annie (also voiced by Amy Poehler), a meter maid who worries about Duncan's frequent bad choices, and younger sisters Kimberly (Riki Lindhome) and Jing (Joy Osmanski). They make him crazy, but his friends Bex (Betsy Sodaro), Yangzi (Yassir Lester), and Wolf (Zach Cherry), and his secret crush Mia (Rashida Jones) have his back.
Is it any good?
This pleasant enough comedy series has some mildly amusing jokes and lively relationships between friends and family -- but like its main character, this show is pretty average. There's nothing truly memorable about the characters, and the interactions between them are often corny and predictable. There's no real satire, and the less-than-sharp writing doesn't go far enough to give it the edge it needs to make it outright funny. Duncanville is a slightly milder viewing option than other popular Fox animated shows like Family Guy and Bob's Burgers, but it will leaving you feeling disappointed if you're looking for a show with more bite.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way Duncanville portrays family life. What is Duncan's family like? Does he like them? How do we know?
Duncan and his friends often drink together, and sometimes disobey his parents. Does Duncan learn any lessons from these experiences? What about when he is caught? Do his parents have reason to worry about the decisions he makes in his life?
What's the difference between an animated sitcom and a cartoon series? Should viewers expect animated sitcoms to contain edgy content? Or can animated sitcoms be funny without it?
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