Regular Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Quirky animated series has some drinking, crude humor.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 158 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 591 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Lots of fantasy violence (kicking, throwing, punching, shoving, etc.), but no one really gets injured.

Sex

Mordecai has a crush on a cardinal.

Language

Words like “pissed,” “screwed,” and “crap” are audible.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer drinking is visible; occasionally someone gets drunk and/or sick as a result.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 7, 8, 11, and 14-year-old Written byChrist-Lover April 24, 2011

Very innocent show.

For the record, there is NO beer drinking, only coffee and soda. Having crushes isn't a sex issue. And I thought I could be overprotective. Language isn... Continue reading
Adult Written byrandumchik May 5, 2011
Regular Show is actually one of the better shows on Cartoon Network because it's actually funny. The two main characters are slackers, but they do take on... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBailey may June 30, 2020

TERRIBLE SHOW. NOT JOLLY GOOD!

This show is THE worst thing I’ve had to witness. I walked in on my two lovely children, Karen and Humphrey watching this abomination of a show! What I saw was... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysillysasha123 January 30, 2017

Funny, Clever cartoon for older audiences!!

Regular show is very unique in the aspect that it manages to combine realism and surrealism with good balance. Sometimes, the show seems like it could easily ta... Continue reading

What's the story?

REGULAR SHOW is an animated series about a six-foot-tall blue jay named Mordecai (voiced by J.G. Quintel) and a hyperactive raccoon named Rigby (William Salyers). The two friends are groundskeepers at a local park owned by Pops (Sam Marin), who's an eccentric, life-sized lollipop. Moredecai and Rigby try to keep themselves entertained while on the job, often at the expense of co-workers like High Five Ghost (also voiced by Quintel) and a Yeti named Skips (Mark Hamill). As a result, they usually find themselves in some strange situations ... and they always manage to annoy their boss, Benson, a walking, talking gumball machine.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of some of the behavior shown in this series -- such as the drinking.

  • What audience do you think this show is aimed at? The Cartoon Network's younger viewers or its Adult Swim fans? Why?

  • If you were to create an animated series, what kinds of characters would it have? How can you create animated characters without relying on stereotypes to tell their stories?

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