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Manic crime show parody is heavy on comic violence.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There is nothing serious about any of the action in the series; every opportunity is taken to play the mock-serious script for laughs. This means that there are almost no discernible messages to extract from the show, other than perhaps the power of effective parody.

Positive role models

All of the characters behave as the comedic circumstances of each scene dictates; this most often means they are acting as glorified buffoons.


Many of the show's jokes are built around cartoonishly exaggerated violence, punctuated by flying body parts and buckets upon buckets of fake blood.


Occasional sexual innuendo and suggestive dialogue.


"Hell" and "damn" appear frequently; words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Since the show is a parody of crime dramas, many of the plots revolve around drug-related plotlines, amplified for the sake of comedy. For example, one episode deals with a satirical version of the "Four Loko" beverage that combines alcohol and caffeine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this short-form comedy series is full of outlandish, graphic violence involving a great deal of blood and flying body parts. The show is a parody of crime show procedurals like CSI and Law & Order -- every moment is played for laughs and plot points are exaggerated for comic effect. Expect frequent mild language ("hell," "damn"), plus stronger bleeped words ("s--t" and "f--k").

What's the story?

NTSF:SD:SUV:: stands for National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle. If that doesn't give you an idea of what kind of show is being parodied, consider Trent Hauser (Paul Scheer), a maverick agent who spends each episode flipping off sunglasses and delivering clever one-liners. Every week, the NTSF:SD:SUV:: team has to solve some major crime and save the city of San Diego from certain corruption. It's a dead-on satire of the police procedural genre, pioneered by the Law & Order franchise, but today all over the dial, from CSI to NCIS and beyond.

Is it any good?


Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block continues to air some of the most edgy television on cable. NTSF:SD:SUV:: may not be the most provocative series they have to offer, but it definitely skirts the edge of good taste, especially when it comes to graphic violence. The show requires a firm dedication to a unique comic sensibility -- one that's manic, scattered, and more than a little tasteless at times.

Fans of cult comedies will find much to enjoy, from Paul Scheer's spot-on parody of such police show squares as David Caruso and Kiefer Sutherland to Kate Mulgrew's manic turn as an eyepatch-wearing division captain. The comedy is definitely best for older teens, and even then, parents should exercise discretion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how violence and comedy mix. Is it easy or hard to laugh at jokes that involve violence?

  • Does this show make you view cop shows any differently? Why or why not? What is the purpose of parody?

TV details

Premiere date:July 22, 2011
Cast:Kate Mulgrew, Paul Scheer, Rebecca Romijn
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 17 years old Written byLargoAllegroModerato March 2, 2012

Weird but funny

It's very weird like for instance a guy taking out another guy's heart.... but it's really not that bad. Like it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written bydalton81000 August 11, 2011


KMON its not that violent
Teen, 14 years old Written byMizCherryBlossom January 5, 2012


It is on Adult Swim. If your child does see it you should be more worried about why they are up so late.Honestly, they never will see it until like 10 years in the future when it is just re-runs.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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