Saul of the Mole Men

Common Sense Media says

A bizarre blip in the quasi-cartoon universe.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing is serious here, but if it were, Saul wouldn't be a role model. For instance, when he meets the friendly Mole Men leader, he stabs him between the eyes. Also, some jokes are at the expense of minorities (including quasi-ethnic humor and mocking of the mentally disabled).

Violence

Lots of fake gore -- people smashed with papier-mâché rocks; amputated genitals (blurred).

Sex

Lots of sexual discussion and innuendo (dialogue referring to "holes" and "shafts"); comic sexual acts between Mole Men that don't resemble human sex; busty, barely-clad women. One character is a transvestite.

Language

Occasional "hell" or "damn." Plenty of talk about sex, orgies, intercourse.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mole Men drink alcohol. Saul is appalled because it's not even noon!

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this bizarre live-action comedy features gory, cartoonish violence with obviously fake blood. One scene involves amputated genitals, which are blurred onscreen. Jokes about sex occur frequently, mostly in reference to the absurdly costumed Mole Men. Strange, line-pushing humor is a mainstay -- for example, one episode features a joke about a baby being retarded, Chinese, or stillborn.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Live-action comedy series SAUL OF THE MOLE MEN follows a geologist/explorer named Saul (Josh Gardner) who's stranded in the center of the earth. After his drill ship crashes and most of the passengers die gory, comic deaths, hapless bespectacled Saul explores his underground landing site. Along with his fellow travelers -- a grumpy robot and a pod-encapsulated transvestite -- Saul discovers that this subterranean world is populated by human-sized mole creatures who interact with each other in a variety of ways. One mole-father tries to teach his mole-son to dig in the dirt using their large claws, while another duo, an adult male and female, engage in a version of a sexual encounter involving a pineapple. Filmed primarily against a green screen, the show takes its inspiration from classic sci-fi shows like Land of the Lost and Star Trek.

Is it any good?

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With a wink toward the 1970s shows it parodies, Saul's sets, props, and costumes look altogether fake. No Matrix-like special effects here: Rocks that supposedly crush crew members look as light as papier-mâché, and the Mole Men's costumes might have been picked up in a fabric store bargain bin.

This bizarre show is part of the Cartoon Network's late-night, grown-up-oriented Adult Swim programming. Tweens and teens might enjoy the show's strange humor, but parents may want to preview it for sexual content before giving it the OK. Some sexual innuendo may fly over younger kids' heads, but jokes about amputated genitals will be perfectly clear (although the actual genitals are blurred).

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TV details

Cast:Frank Potenza, Hugh Davidson, Josh Gardner
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA

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Adult Written byhfjhyfhejdfdejfhyu April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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strange and bizzare sex and violince comedy, pass.

Whoever made this stupid show must have been high on something that no one even knows about or the person was born with out a sense of reality because this show is insane and crazy I promise you if you watch it you will lose lots of brain cells anyway this show is basically making fun of a little kids show and talking alot about sex ecsept this guy that made it probabaly watched way to many little kids shows so enjoy it if you can and if you have the nerve to.
Adult Written byXrayTed July 5, 2014
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10
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Saul is OK with me!

Saul Of The Molemen is just funny, and no worse than a lot of other Adult Swim shows.
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2013
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16
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Gore and innuendo is included. Kids shouldn't watch it.

This is simply appalling. There is not only gore and sexual innuendo, but offensive language and drinking, drugs, or smoking. Do NOT let your kids watch it until they are at least 17 or 18 years.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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