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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Paradise PD is an irreverent adult-oriented animated comedy about a group of police officers. It contains endless bloody fantasy violence, cursing, and crude sexual innuendo (including simulated sex acts and animated bare bottoms) and continual instances of sexual harassment. Drug production, use, and addiction is also a prominent theme. There are some stereotypes perpetuated, and quite a few fat jokes. It’s not meant for kids.
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What's the story?
PARADISE PD is an adult-oriented animated comedy about a small town force of inept first responders. It stars David Herman as the voice of Kevin Crawford, who spent his life dreaming of being a police officer like his father, Police Chief Randall Crawford (Tom Kenny). Nearly banned for life from the police academy thanks to a childhood gun accident that left his dad with humiliating scars for life, he's now the Paradise police department’s newest rookie. He joins Officer Gerald "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Cedric Yarbrough), a man with severe PTSD, and Officer Dusty Marlow (Dana Snyder), an obese police officer who's constantly being sexually harassed by Gina Jabowski (Sarah Chalke), a sadistic officer with serious anger management problems. Also part of the gang is Stanley Hopson (voiced again by Herman), a man too elderly to be serving on the force, and Bullet (Kyle Kinane), a police dog with an addiction problem. They're committed to keeping their town safe but can't seem to do a single job well enough to be taken seriously, much to the dismay of Chief Crawford and his ex-wife, Paradise Mayor Karen Crawford (Grey Griffin), aka Kevin's mom.
Is it any good?
This over-the-top series features silly storylines and profanity-filled banter full of crude sexual references. The escapades of the cast often lead to violent and bloody scenes intended to be funny (spoiler alert: they're usually not). Also part of the fray is the drug-related humor, whether it be a result of busting a meth lab or enabling Bullet’s drug habit, which he developed as a narcotic-sniffing pooch.
There are lots of off-color quips, which may appeal to those who like irreverent comedy. But Paradise PD isn't particularly well-written, the result of which leads to potentially clever jokes turning into predictable gags filled with tasteless lines that are more vulgar than naughty. Unless you're not too picky with your animated comedies, this series can begin to wear on you rather quickly.
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