Moral Orel

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Older teens can tackle this 'toon's adult themes.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show is a parody of extreme religion, which may not sit well with some viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most adult characters are anything but moral, serving as questionable role models for both Orel and younger viewers.

Violence

Occasional hitting and punching for comic effect.

Sex

Some edgy sexual content. In one episode, for example, Orel is caught masturbating at school. When his dad explains that it's a sin to squander sperm when it doesn't result in a human life, Orel decides to play "God's chef" by using a pastry bag -- and the result of his "activities" -- to impregnate unsuspecting women in Moralton.

Language

No actual swear words, but iffy language (like "crackhead") abounds.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown smoking, drinking, and buying and using illegal drugs like heroin and crack.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this satirical Cartoon Network comedy is animated, it's part of the Adult Swim lineup for a reason: It's rife with graphic humor and isn't appropriate for young children. (For example, when the 11-year-old Orel takes a drag from his very first crack pipe, he snaps at his talking Jesus figurine and tells him to shut up.) Troubling content aside, however, the show can serve as a way for parents and older teens to talk about the pitfalls of religious fanaticism -- although families who are deeply religious may find the program offensive.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymrjohnnny August 7, 2019

Excellent Show

As a Christian myself, this show makes you think about some of the more hypocritical aspects of religion,albeit in a funny way. The earlier seasons have some ch... Continue reading
Adult Written byfurmaster64 December 7, 2018

Jesus Christ! I didn't know it was a thing.

Who names their kid after oral?! Like why? Anyways, it tries to be a comedy poking fun of ultra conservative and ultra religious ideals. It was until we saw th... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDiurnal January 6, 2012

Truly amazing show

I swear it is (or was) one of the best shows on television. Don't judge it by it's appearing on [adultswim], Moral Orel was arguably the classiest sho... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 22, 2020

OK I guess

Funny sometimes, but kinda dark and different than most adult cartoons.

What's the story?

MORAL OREL is created by Dino Stamatopoulos, a regular contributor to adult comedy shows like Late Night with Conan O'Brien. This sinfully clever stop-motion series packs a wallop of a message in a short amount of time -- and that's part of the problem. So much controversial humor peppers each episode's 15-minute run that the shock value of the humor could overshadow the program's subtle message. Borrowing its distinctive animation style from classic Rankin-Bass shows like Davey and Goliath, Moral Orel follows the often-shocking misadventures of 11-year-old Orel Puppington (voiced by Carolyn Lawrence), a devoutly Christian boy who tries his best to live by "the book" but often misinterprets God's teachings. Orel's good intentions lead to disaster.

Is it any good?

Parents should be aware of the types of "lessons" that kids could inadvertently learn from watching this show. For example, in an episode chronicling Orel's brief addiction to crack cocaine, his father cautions him that crack "is a gateway to slang," prompting the boy to solemnly vow: "When I do drugs, I'm going to speak properly." So while adults are more likely to see Moral Orel for what it is -- a biting social satire mocking religious fundamentalism and hypocrisy within the Christian church -- kids (even some older teens) probably won't appreciate the sophistication of the humor. (And in case you were wondering, young children definitely won't get the joke.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which religious dogma can be misinterpreted by those with good intentions. Does a person who is considered to be religious always act morally?

  • What statement are the creators of this series making about the state

  • of modern-day Christianity?

  • How does this cartoon compare with Davey and Goliath, the early 1960s animated series it parodies?

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