Robot Chicken

Common Sense Media says

Quirky animated series is too edgy for young kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Characters constantly mock and fight with each other. Stars are spoofed relentlessly, family members battle each other, characters betray each other. It's all done on purpose for laughs.

Positive role models

Few characters act in particularly admirable ways, and one of the show's goals often seems to be to present childhood heroes (like Superman or He-Man) in a negative and/or ridiculous light. There's also plenty of stereotyping.

Violence

Frequent, extreme cartoon violence. The toy characters are shot, stabbed, sliced in half, decapitated, run over, blown up, beaten, and much more. Cartoon gore is often shown. Episodes have had sketches involving serial killers, the world blowing up, and every other kind of mayhem imaginable. If any of this was live-action, it would be horrifying.

Sex

Frequent innuendo; toy couples shown making out/rolling around in bed and elsewhere; references to masturbation; "happy ending" massages.

Language

"Bitch," "hell," "ass," "sucks," "balls," "dick," etc. The strongest words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

Virtually all of the characters are toys and action figures tied into TV shows and movies -- albeit often those from the '80s that are more about nostalgia than marketing.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not typically excessive, but present.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this frenetic, 15-minute animated sketch series is part of the Cartoon Network's late-night "Adult Swim" block. While it's visually entertaining, it's violent and irreverent, and kids and tweens probably won't get its style of humor. Plus, many of the laughs are based on the fact that the majority of the characters are toys from the '70s and '80s; viewers who don't recognize that context will probably miss a lot.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Part of the Cartoon Network's late-night "Adult Swim" line-up, ROBOT CHICKEN entertains viewers with stop-motion animation segments that appear totally random but are tied together in the end. Created by Seth Green (Austin Powers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Matthew Senreich, each episode takes viewers on a fast-paced ride through dozens of scenes populated by action figures, many of which date from the '70s and '80s (He-Man, G.I. Joe, Smurfs, Transformers, etc.).The rapid-fire, irreverent sketches poke fun at popular TV shows, movies, music, and celebrities.

Is it any good?

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Much of the show's humor comes from seeing familiar toys placed in incongruous situations (Skeletor in a carpool, Voltron in a break-dancing contest). As a result, the viewers most likely to enjoy the show are pop culture-savvy types who grew up playing with the toys in question. That said, if parents can get past the series' completely random humor, goofy absurdity, and frequent, random acts of cartoon violence, there's nothing about Robot Chicken that older teens won't find elsewhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes this show (and cartoons in general) funny. Why is it funny to see old toys put into incongruous situations?

  • Why does cartoon violence make us laugh, when the same thing happening in real life would be terrifying?

  • Why are cartoons, as a whole, so entertaining for kids? Do they enjoy the dialogue or the animation more? How can you tell when a particular cartoon isn't meant for younger viewers?

TV details

Cast:Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Seth Green
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous February 14, 2015
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16
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Basically the Cartoon Network version of South Park. Right?

This is to Adult Swim, what South Park is to Comedy Central. I think this one's a pause for 13-15 and on for 16+ (I am a mature 15-year-old). I'm watching RC for the first time in 5-6 years.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byTaylor679 June 24, 2009
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15
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Disgusting

I hate it. It's way too violent, the language is horible, and sex is everywhere. If you are a christian- it commonly mocks Jesus and God. I turned it on one night and there was a scene where Jesus was getting whipped by a striper and he liked it. I think this show is disgusting and crude and i will never watch it again.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old March 4, 2011
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17
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DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WATCHING THIS CRAP

You people need to find other ways to fill up your laughter tank because this show is too inappropriate and mean and stupid. How can you laugh at offensive and gross stuff like that?! Who thinks boys and girls genitals are funny??!?!? And what's the need with the bad words, stereotypes, and rascisim?! Wow, real classy
Parent Written byratethis August 30, 2013
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Horribale sick twisted show! do not watch!

Where do i start? this show is rated 18+ for a reason (i can't believe some people here say 13!!) this show is sick! it is full of bloody gore and senseless violence thats not always funny, some times you may get a laugh but other times you will just shake your head, Violence: (i have seen people getting crushed, blood and guts gushing out, and everything else you can imagen!) Sex: (always full of explicid sex, i can't even begin to exsplane the sexual content in this show!) Luangage: (most laungage is blurted out but foul words are used so often pretty much every other word is blurted out) the worst thing is, it takes making fun of god and things like that to the max! (one scene a guy started slaughtering a bunch of children and then said "god hates drugs", one scene jesus was being whipped in his butt by a stripper!, even to some people who dont believe in god might find that a little to far!) DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME WITH THIS SICK, TWISTED, DEMENTED, SHOW! if you really like satire parody type shows (like i do alot) watch the MAD cartoon network serise thats only PG or even 22 MINUTES any parent that thinks this show is acceptable to kids/teenagers is wrong this show should not be allowed on tv!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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