Parents' Guide to

HouseBroken

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Animated sitcom has sex and language, only a few laughs.

TV Fox Comedy 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Versatile Demographic. Doesn't rely on violence, or vulgarity to make an impact. Has life lesson values. Genuinely funny for all ages and sweet.

age 16+

Rude crude political

Just watch something else

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The elements for a successful show are here in theory, but the overwhelming feeling is that there's nothing enthralling enough to keep viewers coming back for more. Though the HouseBroken characters are animals instead of people, they still fit into stereotypical archetypes that don't push boundaries. The punchlines seem to hang on the comedic premise that "animals are just like people!" which, though charming out of context, falls flat after being repeated so much in the show. Additionally, while characters like Honey have somewhere to go emotionally -- she proclaims early on that she's "passionate about working on herself...and peanut butter" -- others don't make a lot of sense. For instance, Chief is a lead character who is Honey's opposite, but that doesn't necessarily foster enough conflict to keep an entire show moving.

While character development or new elements of conflict can easily be written into later episodes, it seems there are too many elements that don't work to proclaim that HouseBroken is an easily salvageable show. Some jokes feel out-of-touch, particularly those from a Corgi character named Elsa. Her comedic premise is based on jokes about social justice, and her gripes more often read as punching down instead of using humor to make fun of those perpetuating the marginalization of many communities and identities. That being said, there are some genuinely entertaining moments when Honey and Chief interact with Jill, their owner. There's potential for this sitcom to find its footing, and it does have stellar voice acting, especially from Will Forte as Shel and Lisa Kudrow as Honey. However, as it currently stands, HouseBroken may not last long enough to work out all of its kinks.

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