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Good Vibes

Crass, witless animated teen comedy with vulgar jokes.
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's humor glorifies laziness, sexual obsession, and other negative traits, while unleashing a constant barrage of insults based on one character's negative body image.

Positive role models

The main characters represent a grotesque parody of how teenagers are expected to behave, including being cruel, crass, sex-obsessed, and pretty dumb.

Violence

Occasional exaggerated violence for comic effect in which bodies and objects are pinched, stretched, and otherwise manipulated outside the boundaries of reality. Characters mock and belittle one another relentlessly.
 

Sex

Very heavy emphasis on sex and sexuality, as the show is viewed through the lens of its two pubescent male main characters. Frequent close-ups of animated and covered female body parts, especially breasts. The show's entire comedic perspective is defined by sex jokes.
 

Language

Occasional use of "damn" and "hell," along with words like "crap" and "balls."
 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Marijuana use is highlighted extensively as part of the beach bum surfer lifestyle the show depicts. Drinking is glorified as part of the teenage experience. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated comedy relies heavily on sexual innuendo and negative stereotypes for most of its humor. It takes a particularly negative view toward the lifestyle of the average teenager, representing it as an unending sequence of objectifying women, suffering relentless mockery, and failure. The language refrains from the harshest words but does include some strong and varied language (including "crap," "balls," etc.). The show's humor is particularly cruel to the overweight.

What's the story?

In the animated comedy GOOD VIBES, Mondo (Josh Gad) is a teenage boy recently relocated from New Jersey to the gorgeous beachfront of Playa Del Toro, California. He starts finding his way through the unique universe of his high school and new hometown thanks to his new best friend, Woody (Adam Brody), who guides Mondo through an endless cycle of girl-watching and joke-cracking. Struggling to impress his dream girl, Jeena (Olivia Thirlby), he attempts to make sense of life and California at age 15.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This half-hour animated comedy trades on the lowest of lowbrow humor, painting a portrait of teenage life as a fever dream of borderline stalker behavior, cartoonishly objectified women, a parade of constant insults and indignities, and relentless mockery over your weight.

Which might work (for the right viewers, anyway) if the jokes were at least funny. Instead, nearly every quip or sight gag plays as a reject from the Family Guy writers' room. It's clear that's the type of territory the series is trying to stake out -- perhaps a "hipper" version of Fox's block of edgy animation. But while Good Vibes might get the tone sort of right and is most certainly animated, in every other sense it fails as a TV series.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's depiction of drug use. Is it an accurate portrayal of how drugs are actually used and perceived by today's teenagers?

  • Does the show seem to reflect a typical teenage experience? What are some of the stereotypes about teenagers that come across in this show?

  • What's the appeal of a show like this? Is there anything harmful about edgy humor like this? Or is it all in good fun?

TV details

Premiere date:October 27, 2011
Cast:Adam Brody, Debi Mazar, Josh Gad
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byTV-14-DLSV Teen Boy January 31, 2012

Good Vibes Is Fine.

Good Vibes Is Fine. I Watched some Episodes on On Demand on MTV. Sexual Though. Good Vibes Is RATED: TV-14. Good TV Show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking