Greg the Bunny

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Clever, ultra-edgy satire about prejudice, with puppets.

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Positive Messages

Though meant as satire, bitterness, jealousy, racism, and carrying petty grudges are universal in this series as it pokes fun at society's prejudices through the use of puppets who face discrimination as second-class citizens. The show finds humor in drug and alcohol use as well as toilet scenarios.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the positive relationship between Greg the Bunny and his best friend Jimmy, where they watch out for each other and avoid the open prejudice against puppets that prevails in their imaginary society, they aren't true role models. Greg and Jimmy, along with the other characters exhibit a range of good and bad behaviors -- from being generally dim-witted to drinking too much -- but it's all played for laughs.

Violence

Some slapstick violence involving puppets.

Sex

No sex or nudity, but plenty of suggestive comments and innuendo.

Language

Plenty of mild swearing and risqué comments, including “horny,” “crap,” “boobs” and “dammit,” and a few stronger words, like "f--k" that may or may not be bleeped, depending on the format you watch.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to taking drugs, being high, and being very drunk. Some scenes feature characters drinking in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that just because this comedy features puppet characters, like Sesame Street, it’s not aimed at children. The jokes are risqué and the situations involve such mature themes as jealousy, prejudice, disappointment, and office politics. Some scenes include puppets and humans drinking and there are many references to being drunk or high. Though there’s no sex, there are plenty of suggestive comments and some mild swearing. This is best for older teens and up who can understand the satire.

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What's the story?

Hard up for work, Greg the Bunny asks his roommate Jimmy (Seth Green) to help him land a job with Jimmy’s dad Gil (Eugene Levy), the director of the popular children’s TV series Sweetknuckle Junction. Greg thinks he might get hired as an office assistant, but instead is cast as the new star of the show. Sweetknuckle Junction, the show-within-the-show, looks much like Sesame Street and other classics, where puppets interact like humans and everyone acts like the fur characters are just as real as anyone else. But on GREG THE BUNNY, the puppets are real; they walk and talk and bicker and have to work to pay the rent, just like other people. As Greg joins the series, he meets the entire wacky cast, including Count Blah (a vampire-like puppet eternally bitter that Sesame Street’s famous Count has stolen his act), Warren de Montague (a veteran puppet actor who may have a drug problem) and studio exec Alison (Sarah Silverman), who hopes Greg the Bunny will deliver a major ratings bump.

Is it any good?

Greg the Bunny is very funny and very original, but it’s definitely not for anyone who might actually enjoy any other show with puppets. This is a mature sitcom, with plenty of jokes about sex and liquor and office politics and money -- all the standard fare for other comedies that are broadcast towards the end of prime time.

The conceit -- that puppets are real and often the subject of discrimination -- opens the door to an entirely untapped vein of humor; racism has never been so funny. Actually, prejudice rarely works in jokes, but on this show it does. People who have fond memories of growing up watching Sesame Street and other PBS standards will find much here that seems familiar, and much more that is funnier and more complex than anything that ever made a five-year-old giggle.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about racism and stereotypes. Humans often make disparaging comments about the puppets in this series, including the highly inflammatory epithet “socks.” How does this compare to the ways some people discriminate against other races or classes of people? Do you think being prejudice against non-human puppets is any different from discriminating against people?

  • How do the puppets on this show, which act just like real, living characters, compare to the puppets on well-known children’s shows such as Sesame Street? Do you think giving the puppets adult feelings, including jealousy and lust, makes them more interesting?

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For kids who love comedy

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