A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the animated Hot Streets serves up the familiar Adult Swim-formula of absurd dialogue, over-the-top violence, and crude humor but in a package that is neither clever nor funny. It's about two FBI agents, dim yet arrogant Branski and desperate-to-prove-himself French, who investigate the supernatural with the help of Branski's brainy niece, Jen, and dog, Chubbie Webbers. Teens may want to watch it because it features a character voiced by Justin Roiland of Rick and Morty fame, but there are better choices in the Adult Swim "animation for grown-ups" canon.
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What's the story?
In HOT STREETS, two FBI agents, dim yet arrogant Branski and desperate-to-prove-himself French, investigate the supernatural with the help of Branski's brainy niece, Jen, and dog, Chubbie Webbers, a demented, pleasure-seeking Scooby Doo-type. Their cases concern various baddies -- brain monsters, mummies, snake cults who are all dispatched in a variety of gory ways. Lots of action is packed into the show's 10-minute running time.
Is it any good?
This series is a lackluster entry into the animated Adult Swim lineup. Unoriginal in premise, ugly in tone, and uninteresting to look at, Hot Streets appears to have been created by combining elements from other Adult Swim shows: Absurd skewering of sci-fi tropes? Check. Over-the-top gore? Check. Ironic banter? Check. Horny anthropomorphic animal? Check. And while this may be a recipe the powers that be think their shows need to follow, it's definitely not a guaranteed recipe for success.
The end product is an empty exercise in non-sequiturs, repetitive violence, and inconsistent characterizations. Is Branksi clueless or clever? Is French a bumbler or competent? Do the agents like each other, hate each other, know each other? Who can tell? Jen, the only female character, is the most recognizably human of the characters, but episodes often end with her humiliated. It's also very obvious that the creators are desperate to make Chubbie Webbers (voiced by Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland) into a meme-worthy breakout character. It might be the show's only reason for existing. But sorry, guys, he's no Pickle Rick.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about animation. Is it always for little kids? How has the world of animation changed in the last 20 years?
Hot Streets episodes are only 10 minutes long. How does the shorter running time impact the show? How would having longer episodes change it?
Is this show a parody? What is it a parody of? What kinds of comedy are funniest to you?
Our editors recommend
For kids who love quirky animation
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