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Pacific Heat

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Beyond unfunny animated Aussie import full of stereotypes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Racial, sexist stereotypes abound.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The agents range from dumb to sensitive. 


Animated fantasy violence; punching, shooting, bloody injuries. Semiautomatic weapons, cattle prods. 


Strong innuendo; lots of cleavage, skimpy outfits. Stripping (no nudity). 



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Illegal narcotics a theme; drinking, cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pacific Heat is an Australian animated series intended for older viewers. It contains lots of obvious (and often racist) stereotypes as well as bloody fantasy violence resulting from beatings and gunshots. There's plenty of sexual innuendo, too. Cursing ("s--t") is sometimes audible, the drug trade is often discussed, and cigar smoking is sometimes visible. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous November 26, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byCoffy December 29, 2017
Overall I find this show to be an almost meer image of the show "Archer" yeyt the crude humour, sexuality and violence is turned down alot making it s... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDestructo bot January 16, 2017

Very racist

Okay this show is very racist and violent so that is why I put twelve plus.Words like damn,$#!t,hell are used.It has bad animation but the only good thing about... Continue reading

What's the story?

PACIFIC HEAT is an Australian adult-oriented animated comedy series about a group of undercover detectives charged with bringing down international organizations. It's set in the Queensland city of Gold Coast, and Special Agent Todd Sommerville (voiced by Rob Sitch) leads his quirky team, including his dim-witted sidekick, Agent Zac Valentic (Santo Cilauro), Agent Maddie Riggs (Rebecca Massey), and Agent Veronica V.J. Deane (Lucia Mastrantone). As they set out to investigate crimes of all sorts, they rely on the intelligence provided by a computer expert and the support of the Chief (voiced by Tom Gleaner). Sometimes things get messy, but they always manage to catch the bad guys. 

Is it any good?

This Australian sitcom tries to deliver but never manages to be funny. The overall concept is similar to the stateside animated series Archer, which makes it feel unoriginal aside from being devoid of humor. Thanks to a combination of bad writing and underdeveloped characters, the show doesn't come close to offering the smart, irreverent humor its American cousin is celebrated for. 

The cast of characters isn't developed enough to help viewers navigate the show's overabundance of one-liners. Meanwhile, the endless use of obvious stereotypes feels more gratuitous than irreverent, sometimes to the point of being outright racist. Chances are that even the biggest fans of this kind of show will find that Pacific Heat just doesn't work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Pacific Heat's use of stereotypes as a way of being funny. Should they ever be used? When they are, where is the line between being humorous and being flat-out offensive? 

  • What are the challenges that come with showing a TV show from one country to the audience of another? Because Pacific Heat is from Australia, is it possible that some of its content may be less offensive to people there than to people in the U.S.? Why? 

TV details

For kids who love animated comedy

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