A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional use of "damn" and "hell," along with words like "crap" and "balls."
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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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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