Glenn Martin, DDS TV Poster Image

Glenn Martin, DDS

(i)

 

Sardonic Nick at Nite 'toon veers into adult territory.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

Audible words include "hell," "freakin'," "bastard," and "whore."

Consumerism

Occasional mention of popular brand names, including BlackBerry.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

A suburban dentist (voiced by Kevin Nealon) takes his family on the road in GLENN MARTIN, DDS, a stop-motion animated series executive produced by animator Eric Fogel, who brought the world Celebrity Deathmatch. From the comfort of his RV-turned-mobile dentistry office, Glenn travels the country with his wife, Jackie (Catherine O'Hara); his 13-year-old son, Conor (Peter Oldring); his 11-year-old daughter, Courtney (Jackie Clarke); and Courtney's 13-year-old "assistant," Wendy (Judy Greer). Their dog, Canine -- whose anus is both "oversized" and prominently featured -- is also along for the ride.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether or not this is really a "family show." Do you think it's OK for tweens (kids ages 8 to 12)? Why or why not?

  • Glenn and his wife struggle with luring their kids away from their cell phones and other portable technology long enough to participate in family activities. Do families spend less time together as a result of technology, or does technology help keep families more connected?

  • Why do you think the show's creators chose an animated format? Would the series work equally well as a live-action sitcom?

  • Teens: Do you think Glenn's son and daughter act like a typical 1- and 11-year-old?

TV details

Premiere date:August 17, 2009
Cast:Catherine O'Hara, Judy Greer, Kevin Nealon
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG

This review of Glenn Martin, DDS was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Clever, fast-paced cartoon with edgy humor.
  • Smart satire about ultra-"green" family best for teens+.
  • Contrary to its title, this isn't a family show.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 5, 9, 12, and 14 year old Written byfamily_time July 31, 2010

Not for any of my kids!

My kids wanted to watch this show after the countdown was being shown all day, and I said okay. Big mistake! I walked in on them once, and there was a man who fell into a shark pool, and is eaten, complete with blood! I warned them not to imitate any stunts on the show and banned my 5 & 9 year old from seeing anymore. Then sexual content got edgy even for my 12 & 15 year old, and I walked in once with a woman about to do an obscene act with a man. I quickly turned off the TV before any nudity could have a chance of being shown and announced it was banned all over the house. Do not allow your kids near this!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byVAMomArmyBoots November 5, 2009

Give it a XXX Rating and get it off Nick

Show should be on HBO and given an R rating. The episode on 11/2/09 (8 pm EST) featured Mother Therese in Hell talking with the Devil! Anti-Catholic - much. The show has no business being on Nickelodeon (I've read where Nick is planning to show it during the day as well (probably right after Dora). Nick has SOLD OUT!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2013

this show sucks comepletely!

this show is one of the worst shows i've seen. its just plain creepy and weird.they should have this on like adult swim.nick at nite has only sitcoms with "real people", and i feel it should stay that way.dont show this to your kids , if you wanna be a responsible parent.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?