Golan the Insatiable (FXX)
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Morbid humor, mature content mark quirky animation.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series uses morbidity, violence, and graphic sexual dialogue for entertainment. An unhealthy relationship between a young girl and a monster is at the heart of the story's humor.
Positive Role Models
Golan is motivated by greed and lust, and the cruelty he exacts on those around him goes unchecked. Of course, these are the very traits young Dylan so idolizes in him, and she feeds on his tirades. Though her parents are in play in the show, they're oblivious to Golan's influence on Dylan and encourage the relationship.
Violence & Scariness
Fairly graphic incidents of cartoon violence. Victims are bloodied, and broken bones are visible outside the skin. Sometimes weapons such as bricks are used in fights. Golan talks in very violent tones, referring to plans for "death orgies," for instance.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Just about anything is fair game in the show's dialogue. In one episode alone, Golan makes a motion to undress so he can "sexualize" a teen he beat up, he talks about his anal cavity, and he claims to have put someone's penis in a drink he serves to a guest.
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"Bitch," "shut up," "sucks," and "Oh, my God" are used frequently, as are a variety of insults such as "midget" and "douchebag."
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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."
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Premiere date: November 23, 2013
- Cast: Mary Mack, Rachel Butera, Worm Miller
- Network: Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
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