A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the show doesn't set out to push positive messages, the Hellmans' relationships do send some heartwarming notes about family ties and the strength that can be drawn from a stable home environment. Balthazor's politically incorrect boss makes disparaging remarks about minorities, calling a Turkish employee "dark meat" and referring to lesbians as "leserinos," for example.
Positive Role Models
Balthazor strives to be a good father and husband and tries hard to balance his affection for humans with his devilish duties to his powerful boss. Although she's less enthusiastic about his new job, Tina loves Balthazor and tries to support him.
Violence & Scariness
Electrocution, strangulation, fatal gun use (a man annihilates another at point-blank range, for example), and multiple bumps and bruises are common throughout the show. All violence is played for humor, and those acts that aren't fatal don't leave realistic injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo abounds. A bedside table drawer holds "XY Cream," for example, and a neighbor French kisses her dog and references their sexual relationship.
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Frequent use of "hell," "damn," and "ass," as well as stand-ins like "freakin'."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tina often drinks wine to shake off the stresses of the day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon is not intended for kids or tweens. The fact that the show's title includes a four-letter word is a good indication of the mature content that exists here, including strong language ("damn" and "ass" are frequent culprits, in addition to "hell"), fairly graphic violence (gun use, strangulation, and a dog's repeated attempts to off himself by hanging or fire), sexual innuendo (including references to beastiality), and frequent drinking. All in all, it's an iffy choice for young teens, but adults will find the humor in the outsiders' impression of human life.
Is It Any Good?
In the vein of edgy cartoons like South Park and Family Guy comes this little gem of a series, which packs a punch of irreverent fun that grown-ups are sure to like. Demonic though the Hellmans may be, the show's skewed view of humanity casts them as the morally fibrous ones amid their eccentric neighbors and crass coworkers.
An unexpected plus to this comical series is the heartwarming substory of how the Hellman family is influenced by the positive aspects of human life, namely their relationships and responsibility toward each other. Balthazor especially takes this trait to heart and tries to make it a part of his home structure, and the result is a (mostly) happy, well-adjusted demon family. Warm fuzzies for adults, to be sure, but not for kids and tweens, as the message is lost amid strong language, sexual inferences, racial stereotypes, and plenty of violence.
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