Paranormal Action Squad

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animated YouTube stars do DIY ghostbusting in raunchy show.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Paranormal activity is a real thing, if chasers aren't.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Paul and Eddie are good friends.

Violence

Fantasy violence such as laser shootings and blowing up houses and ghosts.

Sex

Strong innuendo, crude references; people on toilets and the like. 

Language

"Goddamn," "bitch," "s--t"; "f--k" bleeped. Rude gestures. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, pot smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paranormal Action Squad is an animated original YouTube series (available by subscription via YouTube Red) geared toward older viewers and adults. It has lots of sexual innuendo, crude humor, and cursing ("f--k" is bleeped). Plus, there's fantasy violence, including laser guns and other weapons, as well as drinking and marijuana smoking, which is often shown. This is definitely a cartoon for adults or very mature teens.

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What's the story?

PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD features an inept trio of ghost chasers. The CGI-animated comedy features YouTube gaming hosts Adam Montoya, Scott Robison, and Evan Fong (aka SeaNanners, Mr. Sark, and Vanoss in the YouTube universe) as Paul, Eddie, and Vanoss, as a team of self-proclaimed paranormal "experts." Using their DIY equipment and nonexistent street smarts, they are committed to investigating hauntings and ridding locales of unwanted ghosts. Also joining them is Pad (Nika Futterman), a paranormal tracking computer, and Orb (Toks Olagundoye), a floating orb who appears as a woman with an attitude. 

Is it any good?

This adult-oriented series features lots of irreverent humor as the cast bumbles through paranormal investigations and removals. Each installment of Paranormal Action Squad also features an array of ghostly villains, monsters, and weird creatures, many of whom have some pretty funny things to say. 

The 13-minute-long episodes don't allow for much story or character development. However, YouTube fans will enjoy the appearances of popular YouTube personalities and game announcers throughout. It won't be to everyone's taste, but folks who like this kind of comedy will probably have some laughs. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different kinds of content featured on YouTube, including original content such as Paranormal Action Squad. Parents, how can you help your family sift through the endless of array of video entertainment to stream things that are appropriate and fun? 

  • Animated series such as The Paranormal Action Squad often shows things such as drinking and smoking marijuana as normal or funny activities. Is this appropriate, even if it isn't real? What kind of impact does this have on the people who are watching? 

TV details

For kids who love animated comedy

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