A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Classic cartoon characters are arrested and tried for a variety of offenses (drugs, bombings, etc.), but are almost always cleared in the end.
Violence & Scariness
Courtroom officers carry guns, and prisoners are sometimes roughed up.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo. In one episode, for example, the unpredictable Peanut says that he'd like "a taste of pubic hair."
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Mild: "Damn," "idiot," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters are suspected of being under the influence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this animated Adult Swim series features classic Hanna-Barbera characters that most kids will be familiar with (Shaggy, Speed Buggy, Yogi Bear, etc.), it gives them new personality quirks and puts them in some iffy situations -- which might confuse younger viewers. For example, Avenger, a large, purple eagle (Harvey Birdman's former sidekick and current legal secretary), likes to keep dead dogs around to play with, and Fred Flintstone is suspected of being a Mob boss. Little kids won't get the spoofy satire, so save this one for teens who will appreciate the humor.
Is It Any Good?
The main gimmick of Harvey Birdman is that cartoon characters can get into just as much trouble as their human counterparts. It's a clever concept, but the episodes often feel disjointed and feature characters doing silly, senseless things that don't have much to do with the main storyline.
Much of the adult-aimed humor will go over kids' heads, too. In one episode, for example, carefree Peter Potamus (Chris Edgerly) eats radioactive pellets that transform him into an obese, green "creature." He returns to his original state, but morphs again at the slightest hint of tension -- the "stress monster" metaphor will amuse adult viewers, but kids won't get it. Add that to the fact that the show presents beloved cartoon characters involved in some sketchy situations, and this one is best reserved for teens and up.
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