Parent reviews for Moral Orel

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Common Sense says

age 16+

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Parents say

age 15+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 25 reviews

age 13+
Rated TV-14

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Too much violence
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age 16+

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 cheap gags, but it gets more nuanced as the show goes on. The show mainly pokes fun at religious figures who don't practice what they preach rather than Christianity as a whole. The first two seasons are a comedic satire of these ideas, while the third is a drama that brutally deconstructs them. Keep in mind that Orel, the protagonist, keeps his faith no matter what happens to him. This is a show that tends to earn the TV-MA rating due to subject matter and tone rather than pure vulgarity. However, there are quite a few sexual references and occasional sex scenes. There is occasionally some moderate violence, but virtually no swearing. I wouldn't watch this with my family, but an older teen can handle this show for what it is.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

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 the true light at the end of Second Season. It's like realizing that you're in a cult of personality the whole time. They shift from making fun of christians to showing what cult like behavior done to the manipulated. Good show, but would not recommend for kids.

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Too much violence
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age 13+

Quite accurate

This show pokes fun at the hypocrisy of many religious people and how they act behind closed doors. Quite accurate.
age 14+

A Must Watch!!!

This is an amazing, entertaining, and moving cartoon that I think is important for people to see. It effectively shows that although religions can be good, but they can also be very destructive when taken too literally. I highly recommend this hilarious, emotional, and dark show to anyone ages 14 or older.
age 16+

One of the Smartest and Darkest Cartoons of All Time

Violence: 6/10 Sex: 8/10 Profanity: 3/10 Hedonism: 10/10 Maturity: 10/10
age 18+

hate it soo much I cannot believe this show is on adult swim

I believe in jesus and a true christain this should be taken off adult swim permanently watch naruto or something
age 15+

This show is not for kids.

13? Really? Yikes. Okay, the first thing you need to know about this show is that parts of season 2 and most of season 3 are dark. Really, really, really dark. This is not for kids. If you want a picture of the kind of bleakness available, go watch S3E4, "Alone". It's about as heavy as the show gets, and I'd be willing to say about as heavy as TV gets in general. That said, the show really is great. It's a deconstruction not of Christianity (as some would imply, although it does get some digs in) but rather of fundamentalism and the hypocrisy thereof. A recurring theme is people destroying themselves based on their blind trust in authority figures. Almost every "role model" in the show is either useless, evil, or both. But the show is good. It's really good. It takes a simple premise, runs with it, makes good, simple humor to get you invested in the characters, and then fleshes them out into three-dimensional figures that usually take the form of a horrifying sucker punch. If you're into that kind of thing, you can't go wrong here. But dear god. I'd recommend South Park for your kids before this. At least south park doesn't have an episode where one of the central storylines is about the aftermath of a woman performing a home abortion on the baby of a serial rapist (the bloody coathanger is present and visible) while dreaming of being reunited with said rapist. In the words of Nostalgia Critic: "You know, for kids!"

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Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Your Mileage May Vary...

First off, this show is not for the extremely religious. No, the point of the show is not to insult the religion itself, but the dogma that is associated with it. The religious fanatisicm that is portrayed by some religious people. Moral Orel is not intended for children. Even older children may not understand the irony of certain situations, and take away the wrong message. That being said, this is a wonderful show for the adult viewer.

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age 13+

Food for thought, a peek at the road to unhappiness.

It has to be said right off the bat that the first season is a very different thing than the second and third, the third being the darkest but also most powerful. Also, while alcohol use is abundant it is in no way glorified and the viewer is made to feel sorry for the characters reliant on it (especially Orel's father). The sexual element is not graphic, and exists largely as a means to talk about repression of human nature, and of course that sexual repression's effect on the citizens of Moralton (again, most especially Orel's father, who serves as the secondary main character.) Orel lives in a town of good moral protestants, or so they would have you think. In reality they are for the most part depraved hypocrites. Religion in the show serves as a means of deceiving themselves and others into believing they are good and happy people. Orel himself is a good person, and as a devout Christian, tries his hardest to please God. His comical failings stem from a combination of him being boundlessly naive and having very poor guidance. While the show does have a hostile attitude towards religion it doesn't attempt to show that religion makes people bad, only that it does not make them good and that a lot of bad can come of even completely earnest attempts at doing good under its guidance. As a student of philosophy, I take the show to be a very strong critique of a very popular moral theory, divine commandment (though I feel it can be extrapolated to other rule based theories). Aside from the religious aspect that so rules the earlier parts of the show, the citizens of Moralton are all explored in some depth, dealing with the issues they seek to cover up. These issues are not exclusive to the religious, they are very real human situations that arise from social pressure, formative experiences, and basic human emotions. It's a show for adults and kids a bit older. 13 can handle the "bad stuff", but maybe not get the messages. The older the viewer, the more it is likely to resonate with them. The younger the viewer, the more useful the show could be. It's claymation, but it's not a happy show. It has some uplifting moments, but they are outnumbered by depressing ones, which is not at all to say that the show isn't also very funny. Watch it if you want something that will make you think, not if you want a carefree laugh, a positive role model, and positive messages. As for religious viewers, some of the humor may offend you, as religion is the sort of thing people are quick to take offense about. To my recollection God or Jesus are never made fun of, only people and dogma. If you can watch with an open mind you might have a few laughs and maybe find yourself having a long think about something you otherwise might not.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking