TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Rock toon for adults: Big on blood but lacks bite.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 30 reviews

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Positive Messages

Dethklok isn't a band you'd want your children idolizing. Case in point: After their personal chef is caught in the blades of their private helicopter and cut into a million pieces, they put him on life support and have him stitched back together so they can write a song called "Sewn Back Together Wrong."


For starters, one of the band members is named Murderface. Other gruesome animated imagery involves people's faces being literally blown off, exposing flesh, blood, and bone. In a music video, a band member's skull is split with an ax, while another gets shot with a flaming arrow.


A music video depicts a band member having sex with a voluptuous woman. Although nipples and private parts aren't shown, just about everything else is.


Adolescent potty talk like "douche bag," "dildo," "dick," and "prick" abounds, but "f--k" is always bleeped out. One band member calls an elderly woman a "GMILF," which he explains is short for "Grandmother I'd Like to F--k."


No specific products are hawked, but the band does agree to record a jingle for a fictitious coffee company.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Like many rock stars of their caliber, members of Dethklok drink excessively. When they go to the grocery store, they stock up on hard liquor instead of food.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the violence depicted in this late-night cartoon (it's part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up) is explicit. Characters are shown bleeding from their eyes, having their skin burned off by scalding-hot coffee, and getting mangled in the blades of a helicopter, among other catastrophes. The show also manages to reinforce just about every negative stereotype imaginable about long-haired, leather-clad heavy metal bands. These guys play and party hard, spend their spare time with busty women, and drink alcohol like it's water, prompting one of them to declare, "I'd rather chop off my ding-dong than not drink." Indeed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKaidon S. April 14, 2017

A hilarious show that mocks Metal Bands

I will admit, this show requires a strong stomach to watch. Violence is often and brutal. But if you kid plays games like Doom or Mortal Kombat and isn't g... Continue reading
Adult Written byYouWereAWitch September 29, 2014

Love the show, not for kids though.

Let me set the scene: it's Christmas Eve and one of the band members, William Murderface, is taping a Christmas special with a church group, in an attempt... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008


I love this show. Common Sense Media is like stupid. They make everything sound bad. I mean the make everything like 5 years older than it should be. This is al... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKennyMcCormick October 3, 2011

Hilarious Heavy Metal Comedy!

Really funny! Alot of blood, swearing, drugs and mild nudity. Definately for mature audiences, can be handled by a 12 year old.

What's the story?

As the world's most popular (fictional) heavy metal band, Dethklok has cornered the market on the hard-living, hardcore lifestyle and has cultivated a powerful worldwide influence from their perch in Scandinavia. So much so that they've unknowingly attracted the attention of a subversive group of world leaders, who have plans to use the band's clout to their advantage. Throughout most of METALOCALYPSE, the guys of Dethklok have no idea that this deadly subtext is brewing. They're just focused on playing rock music and avoiding the long arm of the law every time one of their publicity stunts goes awry. The guys in the group are lead singer Nathan Explosion (a \"lyrical visionary\"), lead guitarist Skwisgaar Skwigelf (the \"fastest guitar player alive\"), guitarist Toki Wartooth (the \"second-fastest guitar player alive\"), bassist William Murderface (a hate-filled time bomb), and drummer Pickles (a corn-fed Midwesterner and former front man of his own band).

Is it any good?

These guys make Metallica look like Sesame Street. In short, they're kind of scary. Despite the promising kitsch of '80s hair band nostalgia and the hilarity of Murderface's squared-off afro, Metalocalypse suffers from a lack of smart humor and a plot that never really takes off. The show tries to make up for it by trucking in excess blood and guts, but that only makes things worse. Even adults who grew up on death metal -- and therefore might get more of the "jokes" -- probably won't find it especially funny. And kids? They shouldn't be watching in the first place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that heavy metal music isn't always this X-rated. After all, plenty of bands rock hard without resorting to gory shock-tactics and blood worship. That said, the show does offer a way for parents to talk to their kids about the grim realities of alcohol and drug abuse -- and the objectification of women -- that runs rampant in the music industry. Why does having an outrageous lifestyle usually make bands seem cooler to their fans? And can heavy metal still be "heavy" without all the vices?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 4, 2006
  • Network: Cartoon Network
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: September 21, 2019

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