Mr. Pickles

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Violent, sexually explicit cartoon designed to shock.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show is designed to entertain viewers through shock value more than anything else, and it's not intended for teens. The stories' frequent violence and explicit sexual content are meant to be funny, and their primary perpetrator gets a thrill from hurting and dominating others. Many characters have physical disabilities or deformities that are accentuated for humor's sake. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are oblivious to the evil intentions of the resident dog, who's violent and scheming. Only one character sees Mr. Pickles for the villain that he is, but everyone else discounts the man's claims. 

Violence

Mr. Pickles makes a sport of maiming and killing people, and it's shown in graphic detail. In one scene, he uses a chainsaw to cut a person in half from top to bottom; in another, he puts decapitated heads on his paws and dances around bodies on the floor. He enjoys hurting and eviscerating people and has secret satanic desires. Onlookers typically aren't fazed by the blood and guts. 

Sex

The show stops short of full-frontal nudity, but pretty much everything else goes. Animals and people engage in simulated sex, some scenes suggest masturbation, women give men lap dances at an adult bar, a woman asks to be raped, fetish orgies show men and women in bondage formations and scant clothing, and characters use whips on each other. Bare butts are visible. A man lusts after a boy with massive breast implants, and a recurring gag shows Mr. Pickles feeling up his female owner. Women's nipples are visible through their shirts. 

Language

"Damn," "whore," and the like. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking among adults. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mr. Pickles is a vulgar, violent cartoon that's part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup and isn't appropriate for most teens. It centers on a family dog with a murderous streak, and many instances show him reveling in killing and mutilating people in violent and detailed fashion. Sexual content leaves little to the imagination; fetish orgies (men and women in masochistic costumes, some tied up and others being whipped, for instance), simulated intercourse, suggested masturbation, and lap dances are common fare. Expect some strong language ("damn," "hell," and "ass," for starters) and a parade of increasingly unappealing characters to round out this over-the-top cartoon. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHaroldRamis June 4, 2020

Great learning show for kids!

Lots a very relatable issues for kids and teens! Me and my 5 yr old just love the cute silly dog. And there are lots of good learning opportunities for my nine-... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byILikeReviewingThings March 26, 2015

Mature Themes But Otherwise Entertaining For Teens

I am a fan of the Adult Swim lineup and Mr. Pickles quite different (not in a good or bad way). I don't have much of an opinion on it. Mr. Pickles is mostl... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymeatcloset84 December 27, 2019

Honestly fine for 15 year olds

This show has lots of violence, the show being based on a dog that is satanic, but it’s nothing teenagers haven’t seen before. There are also lots of sex, many... Continue reading

What's the story?

MR. PICKLES follows the antics of a family dog with devilish designs on the people around him, except perhaps his 6-year-old owner, Tommy (voiced by Kaitlyn Robrock). At first glance, life in the Goodman house seems pretty average, particularly when it comes to Tommy and his best friend, Mr. Pickles, with whom he gets into plenty of curious situations. But what Tommy -- and most everyone else -- doesn't realize is that his happy-go-lucky border collie is actually a satanic murderer. Only Tommy's grandfather (Frank Collison) sees the truth, but since no one takes him at his word, the cultish canine's secret is safe for now. 

Is it any good?

This ribald cartoon gets away with a lot of content that would be seen in an entirely different light if it were a live-action presentation. Although it does draw the line at showing full nudity, pretty much everything else gets a green light, and the result is excessive mature content that seems designed to reel in viewers on shock value alone. And shock you it will.

Obviously Mr. Pickles won't do teens any favors, and you'd be hard-pressed to find any positive messages in content that mocks nonconforming body types and abilities. Even so, its egregious stereotypes, over-the-top cartoon violence, and explicit humor is bound to entice some curious adult viewers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in entertainment. Is content such as what's seen on this show ever warranted? What is its purpose here? How is the effect different from what it would be in the hands of a live-action cast?

  • How are physical and mental disabilities portrayed in this show? Is it OK to laugh at stereotypes like these when they're generalities and not aimed at a particular person?  

  • What do you think was the creator's intent with this show? Who is the target audience? Does its content match that of other Adult Swim offerings? 

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