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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this half-hour animated comedy has plenty of broad slapstick humor that will appeal to kids. At the same time, there are frequent pop culture references and irreverent gags that are aimed at teens and even adults. The pace of the series is relentless and very young children may not be able to easily follow the action. Every aspect of the show is played for laughs and parody.
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What's the story?
Geeky 16-year-old Dexter Douglas was your average teenager until a computer bug transformed him into the manic superhero FREAKAZOID! He has his own Freakalair, a mute butler named Ingmar, and unexpected powers that crop up when he needs them. He faces off against a cadre of offbeat villains including The Lobe, Cave Guy, Cobra Queen, and Longhorn. With the help of his friends Sergeant Mike Cosgrove and Steph, he attempts to battle evil as a wild, unpredictable force of nature.
Is it any good?
In many ways, Freakazoid! was a cartoon ahead of its time. Airing only for two seasons between 1995 and 1997, its frantic comedic style and parody of superhero and action cliches could be seen to influence such diverse animated series as Family Guy, The Venture Bros., and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
If you're an animation historian, the show's pretty important. If you're just looking for an offbeat, unique series to enjoy with your kids, the show's pretty entertaining, too. It's hard to overestimate just how fast and furious the jokes fly; if you don't like one, wait a few seconds and another will take its place. The oddball sensibility and overall tone of anarchy is perfect for kids, but the show also demonstrates intelligence and wit. In other words, it's the kind of chaos you may want to introduce to your children, especially if they've been subsisting on a standard diet of Transformers, Clone Wars, Young Justice and other deadly serious animated shows. Freakazoid! is the perfect antidote, and teaches an important lesson: Sometimes it's OK to laugh and not take everything so seriously.
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