A parody of cop shows where violence is the punchline.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gun violence and beatings are handled humorously, with no underlying message other than that violence is funny.

Positive role models

The show is a broad parody; characters frequently demonstrate negative behavior, especially regarding violence, but all for the sake of jokes.


The show is heavy on comical violence, such as a character accidentally walking into a spinning airplane propeller and being blown to bits. Blood, shootings, and fight sequences are played solely for laughs.


As with all Adult Swim shows, there's always the potential for graphic sexual content.


As with all Adult Swim shows, there's always the potential for graphic language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some jokey drug elements -- for example, in one scene Monsanto takes a big bite out of a block of cocaine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this short-form comedy series treats violence casually for the sake of jokes. There's a gun or weapon in virtually every scene. While there's very little gore or blood (aside from the occasional exaggerated splatter), the way that guns and violence are used on the show means the series is appropriate only for older teens who are able to understand the show's sense of humor.

What's the story?

EAGLEHEART stars Chris Elliott as Marshal Chris Monsanto, a no-nonsense police officer who's incredibly passionate about his job. Aided by his two partners, Susie Wagner (Maria Thayer) and Brett Mobley (Brett Gelman), and under the watchful eye of his chief (Michael Gladis), Monsanto faces off against cartoonish villains -- shooting first and asking questions later.

Is it any good?


It's been too long since Elliott appeared in a TV series; his most recent role was a recurring part on Everybody Loves Raymond. For fans of comedy, he's the Man Under the Seats and other strange characters from the early days of David Letterman, the stunted young man of Fox's short-lived series Get a Life, and the star of the cult classic film Cabin Boy.

Eagleheart is a tribute to Elliott's singular comedic point of view from younger writers who were clearly influenced by his work. Like many Adult Swim shows, Eagleheart has a very unique comedic style, broad but sharp at the same time; for those willing to roll with its punches and follow its type of humor, it's worth a look.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how violence and comedy mix. Is it easy or hard to laugh at jokes that involve violence?

  • Does the show do an effective job of parodying cop shows?

TV details

Cast:Chris Elliott, Maria Thayer, Michael Gladis
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written byMarinFan September 24, 2011

Soooo Funny, I put 13+

Some Jokey elements, Not much blood or guts, but lots of gun violence. I think it spoofs Braveheart or Angelheart
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bymr.duesbag October 15, 2011


What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bySamurai 2.0 May 6, 2011

Laughing on and on.

There are a few curse words in this series, but it's not too strong. I believe it's fun for teens and up, 10 and up should be able to handle it, but I put 12+.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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