A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Episodes hint at positive take-aways -- for example, that families should spend more time together and try to improve their communication skills. But the messages are buried pretty deep in humor (including plenty of the potty variety) and irony.
Positive Role Models
Glenn usually has good intentions, but his plans don't always yield positive results. The other characters are a mixed bag when it comes to role modeling.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence played for comic effect: A primitive dentist yanks out a patient's bloody tooth using a string tied to a door, a character removes another character's insulin regulator (she falls to the floor and turns blue), a character gets kicked by a horse, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character describes himself as a "father, dentist, and lover," alludes to sex by asking his wife "Wanna churn some butter?" and is shown watching porn in a flashback. Although there's some "nudity," it's animated -- and sensitive body parts are blocked.
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Audible words include "hell," "freakin'," "bastard," and "whore."
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Products & Purchases
Occasional mention of popular brand names, including BlackBerry.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, even though Nickelodeon is touting this animated series as "a new twist on the classic family sitcom that tweens and their parents can both enjoy," it's pretty iffy viewing for kids. For one thing, it's a little cheeky when it comes to sexual references (a scene shows a character watching porn while he's babysitting an infant, for example -- although no sensitive body parts are shown). For another, characters occasionally use words like "bastard" and "whore," and there's also some blood-inducing cartoonish violence.
Is It Any Good?
Teetering on the line between family entertainment and edgy adult humor, Glenn Martin, DDS, signals a bit of a departure for Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite," an after-8 p.m. programming block that also includes clear-cut family fare like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Nanny. But while some parents might welcome the show's reliance on pop culture jokes that are clearly aimed at them (a Sex and the City bit is particularly funny), some might consider it a bit too cheeky for what's ostensibly a children's channel. And the thing is, they'd have a point. It's less appropriate for kids than, say, The Simpsons. But it certainly isn't the most obvious viewing choice for "tweens and their parents," as the network has suggested in its promotions for the show. Teens, yes. Tweens, no.
In terms of comedic quality, Nealon and O'Hara are solid choices to voice the heads of the Martin household, and the show is funny enough to make its use of a canned laugh track seem a little bit lame. Still, it seems doubtful that Glenn Martin, DDS, will become an animation classic that stands the test of time. It's not the funniest thing on television -- or even in its time slot. But for parents and kids who prefer their family humor with a little kick, it delivers.
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