Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter

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Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Absurdist comedy blends the supernatural and the surreal.

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Positive Messages

It's a surrealistic and subversive comedy, meant to convey laughs but definitely not life lessons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These characters can be funny, but there aren't many you'd want to emulate.


Violence is more slapstick than scary, but can still be gross and bloody. People get impaled on pieces of wood, others are shot and electrocuted. The main character wears a silver bullet earring and often talks about (and has flashbacks of) the different ways he has killed werewolves. Neon Joe takes his anger out on his sidekick by punching him repeatedly in the face, leaving him with bruises. An old woman gets stabbed in the chest with a pair of sunglasses, a character is shown having hanged himself (autoerotic asphyxiation is referenced).


Copious sexual references and some scenes of people simulating intercourse. Neon Joe spends a romantic night with a life-sized cardboard cutout of his ex-wife, and is shown with his pants down afterward (everything is blurred out). Hand jobs are mentioned, lots of references to body parts. A threesome is shown having sex (under the covers and strategically filmed for maximum laughs), and there's a scene where Neon Joe attempts to seduce a woman by licking her feet. 


"Bitch," "damn," "hell." Tons of references to sexual acts and slang words for body parts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In the second season, Neon Joe opens a bar and there are many scenes showing people drinking, often to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter is a sci-fi/horror-comedy series created by Jon Glaser and from the same team behind the incendiary Delocated and Wonder Showzen. Like their previous offerings, Neon Joe isn't a series for the faint of heart. There's a ton of sex and violence on display, though it's always treated in a surreal and ridiculous manner that's meant to inspire laughter. As with many Adult Swim shows, the series is best left to older teens and adults who can grasp the absurdist humor.

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What's the story?

The idyllic town of Garrity, Vermont -- aka "B&B Town, USA!" -- is besieged by a sudden rash of werewolf-related attacks. Mayor Carol Blanton (played with a hilariously straight face by Stephanie March of Law & Order: SVU) is forced to call in the help of the mysterious NEON JOE: WEREWOLF HUNTER (Jon Glaser of Parks and Rec and Girls), an eye patch-sporting, highlighter yellow-clothed werewolf assassin (who moonlights as the author of a series of erotic romance novels). The show follows Joe's misadventures as he mingles amongst the townspeople and attempts to help solve their werewolf problem. He makes some familiar friends along the way, including high-strung barkeep Sonny Cocoa (Scott Adsit of 30 Rock) and well-meaning simpleton Cleve Menu (Eastbound and Down's Steve Little). 

Is it any good?

Jon Glaser is a comedic standout in almost every role he's played, and the show is a treasure trove of ridiculous sight gags, horribly goofy puns, and absurdist humor. The story itself is meandering, surreal, and almost beside the point. We're here for the Neon Joe character, as obliviously dumb and borderline offensive as he may be. There are a lot of pop culture references in Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter, from Elon Musk to parodies of Misery and Jaws, that are probably best appreciated by older teens and adults. This style of eccentric and nonsensical humor is an acquired taste, not for everyone -- fans of Tim and Eric and Eagleheart should feel right at home viewing it -- while those who prefer traditional sitcoms may be left scratching their heads.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the mix of comedy and horror used in Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter. Are the horror parts actually scary? Would the concept be more or less frightening without as many jokes?

  • Is using violence as a punchline ever okay? Does it make a difference if it is portrayed comically or realistically?

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