Golan the Insatiable (FXX)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Golan the Insatiable is a cartoon, it's not meant for kids. There's a lot of violence, mostly in the way of fistfights that leave victims bloodied, bruised, and with broken bones. Golan often talks in threatening tones, referencing his thirst for death and inflicting pain, often with a sexual tone. Language is another concern, with "bitch" being a frequent offender and lighter fare and derogatory insults ("douchebag," "midget") being common. Also, expect mention of genitalia such as "penis" and "anal cavity."
What's the story?
GOLAN THE INSATIABLE centers on the friendship between an other-dimensional godlord named Golan (voiced by Worm Miller) and his young goth friend, Dylan (Mary Mack). Together these two rebel against suburban life, stirring up trouble in the neighborhood and antagonizing Dylan's older sister and her friends. Golan's quest for chaos often threatens the safety of everyone nearby, much to the delight of Dylan.
Is it any good?
Morbid absurdity reigns in this mature cartoon that promises to entertain older viewers who have even the mildest of dark sides. Dylan is a contradiction in terms: a young, otherwise innocent-seeming girl whose heavy black eyeliner is the only obvious sign of her slightly maniacal and morbid tendencies. Who better for a best friend than a capricious god/lord with anger-management issues? They're an odd couple, but there's something curiously endearing about them.
That said, this cartoon carries a parental-discretion warning for good reason. The constant references to sexuality (many of which have violent undertones), frequent salty language, and generally combative situations that usually end violently are far too disturbing for kids. Some parents will take offense to certain aspects of the dialogue, so if you're considering it for your teens, you may want to prescreen the episodes to make sure yours won't get the wrong message from its tone.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about this show's intent. Does it exist solely for entertainment, or is there a greater message? What purpose exists in how the creators cast Dylan's youth and gender?
Teens: How would you categorize this show's comedy? Is it satirical? Clever? Is it offensive to anyone? Do you find this kind of comedy funny?
An old adage says that "sex sells." Is this true of controversial content in general? Does the fact that the characters talk and act in violent and/or sexual terms make this show more intriguing? Why, or why not?