Moonbeam City

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Sex, violence, retro style in animated '80s cop comedy.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Traditional law-and-order values are subverted; no one's a good guy, even if his or her faults are presented lightly.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Our hero is no hero; he's foulmouthed, violent, dangerous and egotistical, and he's a womanizer.


Stylized violence, including many shoot-outs, dead bodies shown at length and joked about, a man stabbed through the head with blood and gore, and so on. 


Frequent sex scenes; no private parts shown but there are visual references to oral sex and intercourse, with moaning, thrusting, and suggestive animation.


Frequent vulgar language: "You fartbag!" or "king dick of the ass forest." Some curses ("a--hole," "f--k") are bleeped. Women are called "bitch."  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jokes about drinking and drug use; drugs appear frequently in the context of criminal cases. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Moonbeam City is an animated comedy series about irresponsible cops in a super stylized 1980s world. There's frequent violence, including shoot-outs, dead bodies shown at length and joked about, and a very gory stabbing through a character's head. Sex is a recurrent theme, including visual references to oral sex; the protagonist is a womanizer who has sex with many women. Scenes take place in a strip club, with visual references to lap dancing. Expect cursing, including vulgar insults ("fartbag") and curse words ("dick," "ass"); some curse words ("a--hole," "f--k") are bleeped. Women are called "bitch." Jokes about and references to drinking and drugs (such as cocaine) appear in the context of criminal cases. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrisD 2 September 19, 2015

Don't listen to common sence on this one

Ok well I watched the first episode of this show last night and um well I wasn't that empressed it was funny enough To be a comedy but the sex and violence... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDudulino01 October 10, 2020


Moonbeam feels like a fine exemple of everything not to do n an 80's themed neon animated adventure, how poorly-animated Patrick Nagel-style generic heroes... Continue reading

What's the story?

In neon-drenched MOONBEAM CITY, Dazzle Novak (Rob Lowe) is a loose-cannon detective who commits more crimes than the criminals he never quite manages to lock up. His tyrannical boss, Pizzaz Miller (Elizabeth Banks,) barks orders and sighs over his antics, but nothing can stop Dazzle from pursing cases -- except any decadent distraction he comes across. His chief rival Rad Cunningham (Will Forte) is always trying to get the upper hand too -- good thing Dazzle has Chrysalis Tate (Kate Mara) on his side to mop up any mess he might happen to make. 

Is it any good?

Though the plot points are standard "crazy cop on a bender" antics you've seen before, the art direction in this animated series will leave '80s-style lovers gasping. Beautifully neon-shaded characters look like Nagel paintings (think Duran Duran's Rio cover), and those who lived through the 80s (or study its artifacts) will love spotting '80s-isms such as malls filled with frozen yogurt stores, 50-piece drum sets, and pants with enormous pleats.

The gags are decent enough too; the central conflict of Moonbeam City's pilot involves Dazzle's fury over losing his "#1 Cop" mug to rival Rad. If Archer makes you laugh, this probably will too; the jokes are a tad less sharp and a lot less dirty but fun enough. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Moonbeam City's visual style. Which era is it evoking? Which 1980s TV shows, artwork, or trends does it remind you of? 

  • TV shows set in police departments with loose-cannon cops are a staple. Why? What dramatic or comedic possibilities do they offer? 

  • Are animated shows usually aimed at children or adults? Are children more likely to want to watch an adult show that's animated? Why?

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For kids who love animated comedy

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