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Mr. Meaty

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Puppet teens serve up fast food and crass humor.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adult characters are few and far between, and those who do exist appear totally out of touch with the young cast. The cast includes some stereotyped African-American characters. Lots of crass bodily function humor.

Violence

Brief scuffles between friends. One scene shows a character hanging his friend upside down from a tall building (because the friend had mocked his hat).

Sex

Lots of flirting and attempts to get noticed by the opposite sex. Some scenes include kissing.

Language

No cursing, but lots of teen slang ("let me talk to my peeps") and attitude from the female characters ("like, yeah," with a head gesture for emphasis).

Consumerism

The show's setting (a fictitious fast food joint) brings junk food like burgers, fries, and soda to the forefront.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this is a puppet show, it's geared toward tweens and teens and isn't meant for little kids. It's rife with crass bodily function humor, slang, and cool-girl attitude that parents probably won't want younger kids hearing and repeating. That said, the show's take on an extreme cross-section of teenage life is likely to resonate with many viewers, who will enjoy the idiosyncratic characters and their attempts to survive the uncertainties of puberty.

What's the story?

During their down time behind the counter at Mr. Meaty -- a highly successful food chain trying to break into the world market -- friends Josh Redgrove (voiced by Jamie Shannon) and Parker Dinkelman (Jason Hopley) toss around ideas for their intended sci-fi horror flick Ninja Zombies, toward which they're saving their meager burger-slinging earnings. But while socially stunted Parker pins all his hopes on this one lofty life goal, newly cool Josh splits his energy between movie planning and girl pursuing, which has become a more fulfilling pastime since he took a liking to a chalky-skinned gal he calls Goth Girl (Ali Eisner).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

MR. MEATY (which was spun out of a series of shorts) is a unique addition to Nickelodeon's line-up that will appeal to the pubescent crowd because of its extreme -- and often sarcastic -- characterizations of teenage life. From geeks to goddesses -- and everything in between -- you'll find them all in this offbeat series, and viewers who can take the crass humor and sassy attitudes in stride will enjoy the show's funny take on this often challenging (but never dull) stage of life.

That said, this isn't one for the kiddie set, both because of its propensity for gross humor and because its themes are all about teenagerhood. And then there's the fact that the characters are constantly surrounded by (and eating) so much fast food -- savvier viewers may pick up on the intended satire, but younger kids could easily walk away with the idea that it's OK to eat all the junk you want.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cliques and popularity. What does it mean to be one of the "cool" kids? Who defines popularity? How do people cross from one group to another? Which characters are attempting to make that kind of switch? Why? Families can also discuss setting goals and working toward them. Why is it important to have a manageable goal in life? How can friends and family help (or hurt) your efforts?

TV details

Cast:Ali Eisner, Jamie Shannon, Jason Hopley
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old May 30, 2010

worst show EVER

horrible. i watched one episode, thought i was gonna throw up. we never saw it again. im glad it only stayed on appx. 3 months. ugh...
Kid, 12 years old November 9, 2009

SO@LOL.COM

This show is LOL!! One of the main charecters is really wierd and the other just flirts with girls all the time. But still super funny!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old June 27, 2012

why did they take it off

i love it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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