A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't out to convey any specific constructive messages/take-aways. But you could argue that it promotes creativity with its interesting storylines and characters.
Positive Role Models
Although Mordecai is more levelheaded than Rigby, he always ends up going along with his friend's schemes. Occasional "guest" characters are based on racial/ethnic stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence (kicking, throwing, punching, shoving, etc.), but no one really gets injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mordecai has a crush on Margaret, a red-breasted robin.
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Words like "pissed," "screwed," and "crap" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is visible; occasionally someone gets drunk and/or sick as a result.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series is pretty edgy for non-Adult Swim Cartoon Network fare. It includes a fair amount of fantasy violence (kicking, punching, throwing, etc.) and some crude humor that isn't age-appropriate for younger tweens. There's also some salty language ("pissed," "screwed," "crap"), and characters are seen drinking beer, sometimes to the point where they act drunk and/or get sick. Occasional secondary characters are based on racial/ethnic stereotypes.
Is It Any Good?
This easygoing series is the brainchild of J.G. Quintel, who based its unique cast of characters on a series of independent short films that he produced while in art school. It's definitely creative, but some of the fantasy violence and mildly crude humor aren't appropriate for younger viewers -- and neither is the characters' drinking. But older viewers who are into creative animation will definitely appreciate the wit featured here.
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