O'Grady

 
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Clever, quirky, fantasy-laced cartoon. Tweens+.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Role models are typical self-centered teens dealing with everyday teen issues in a rather laid-back manner. None of their problems are exactly earth-shattering, so there's little in the way of lessons learned in the end -- but the characters generally have good intentions and respect one another.

Violence
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Sex

Boy-girl relationships are a prominent theme, but there's very little physical contact. One instance of slightly raunchy sexual innuendo (a very brief, indirect reference to sexual body fluids) -- in the form of an innocent comment tossed out by one character and interpreted a totally different way by his friend.

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the concept of boy-girl relationships is prevalent in this fantasy-laced cartoon series, but that these relationships are generally portrayed as sweet and innocent. Also, while the series' role models are somewhat self-centered, they seem fairly well-adjusted and not so wrapped up in their own problems that they ignore their friends' feelings; in fact, they often try to help one another.

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What's the story?

Billed as a cross between Friends and The Twilight Zone, the animated O'GRADY follows the lives of four normal teens -- Kevin (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), Abby (Melissa Bardin Galsky), Beth (Holly Schlesinger), and Harold (Patrice O'Neal) -- in a not-so-normal town called O'Grady. The foursome's daily trials and tribulations are par for the course for most teens, but add into the mix something called the Weirdness -- an inexplicable phenomenon that affects the townspeople in any number of strange ways -- and you've got, well, a lot of weirdness. Among other effects, the Weirdness can make people act like cats if they're feeling "catty," float upward like a helium balloon if they're feeling happy, or age instantly when they sneeze. Needless to say, this can wreak havoc on the lives of insecure teenagers -- though some occasionally figure out how to use the Weirdness to their advantage.

Is it any good?

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O'Grady is a lighthearted, humorous take on teenage life, with a fantastical twist thrown in to make things really fun. The show is reminiscent of the '90s sitcom Saved by the Bell due to its wholesome, not-too-serious themes -- friendships, boy-girl relationships, school activities -- and of the WB's Gilmore Girls thanks to its rapid-fire, witty banter. What's hilarious is how closely the script mimics the conversation style of typical teens -- their speech is peppered with "like," "omigod," and "totally," their intonation is dead-on, and their conversation topics (usually not too weighty) are realistic. As the four main characters face their daily challenges, they learn to take the ever-changing effects of the Weirdness in stride, and their nonchalance makes each strange occurrence all the funnier.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the show's stereotypes (the dumb blonde, the slacker, the princess). What makes the stereotypes so humorous in this show, and how does this compare with the way other shows portray them? Another discussion topic could be the way the characters treat each other. Is this behavior typical of most teenagers you know? Is the characters' behavior more positive or negative than the way your peers behave?

TV details

Cast:H. Jon Benjamin, Melissa Bardin Galsky, Patrice O'Neal
Network:TeenNick
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written bywillbarchi April 9, 2008
 

hehehe! Hilarious! teens and up

O'grady is very funny and clever, but is rated TV-PG for a reason. The 'weirdness'can result in some strange situations eg abbie getting older and Kevin having a crush on her. I think there is a comment about the size of her breasts. The characters often use words like crap(not really in a bad way) and in one part the whole episode is one big drug reference. The school has to live without sugar for a week or something to win a proze, and obviously nobody can cope, so Kevin becomes a dealer...of sugar! very funny! This would go over most kids heads but with teens, expect a few giggles! 13+
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
 

I don't know about this show for kids under 7

It's not a huge problem but you shold just watch out whats in each episoid. Overall it's a iffy.The bigest problem is cursing, but thats not even a huge problem.Words such as A**,crap,damn/damn'it, and sucks.Nothing eles is a problem
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
 

O Grady is number one!

This is a cool thing for kid and is very funny. However, language is not an issue. Anyway O Grady rocks!!!!!!!!

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