TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Average animated sitcom about average teen has drinking.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series centers on Duncan's teen life. Family, friendship, and parenthood are also themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Duncan and his friends sometimes engage in risky behaviors, but Duncan's parents usually find out. 


References to beatings and child abuse. The violent shaking of a character is visible. Some insult hurling, too. Trees fall, cars nearly collide into things, and other mishaps occur, but no one gets hurt. Knives are sometimes visible. 


Sexual content is mostly for laughs but ranges from characters making out to crude references like "d--k" and "boner."


Words like "damn" used. Teens call parents "idiot" and hurl other insults. 


Direct references are made about Twizzlers candy and other items; pseudo-references to Groupon, Papa John's Pizza, other products. Popular culture references, including movies like The Boss Baby, characters like Wonder Woman, and celebrities, are common.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage beer drinking and adult wine consumption visible. Cigarettes and cannabis products are shown. 

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.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChooseMo February 23, 2020

Umm...I was even scared

I was scared to see this show and I was disapointed To see how much bad content there were and some of the humor is a bit funny. But I don't recomend seein... Continue reading
Adult Written byReviewer 1 May 7, 2020

Duncanville individual episode reviews

Episode 1:

[ 15➕ ]

Language|▪️▪️▫️▫️▫️| Not that bad with the occasional use of damn or hell

Violence|▪️▪️▫️▫️▫️| Brief Child abuse references.

Sex|▪️▪️▪️▫... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCATZCAN200M8 December 26, 2020

Really funny

The humor is great. Its so original and I love the voice actor Amy Pohler
Teen, 13 years old Written byPaycommon23 December 20, 2020

Title (I had to put one)

its really good, and it's okay for younger children to watch because they won't get most of the innuendos that make the show 14+

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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