Sit Down, Shut Up

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Colorful 'toon aims crude humor at consenting adults.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

None of the adults at Knob Haven High School are very good role models, although P.E. teacher Larry Littlejunk comes closest to being the voice of reason. Others alternately flirt with students, buy pornography, get naked in front of the school board to prove they "didn't come from no monkey," and plot to put student athletes on steroids to boost alumni funding. Some characters are stereotyped, notably a Middle Eastern janitor.

Violence

Some cartoonish violence, including a man getting stabbed in the neck with a dart at the school carnival and a flashback to a school production of Edward Scissorhands that ends with the audience getting doused in blood.

Sex

Heavy sexual innuendo, with some cartoonish "nudity" that's blocked out with a black censor bar. The drama teacher is openly bisexual and makes jokes about students painting his face on "anything with a hole in it," the English teacher covers his erection with a stuffed animal while talking to a female colleague, booths at a school carnival include a "Sausage Toss" and a "Salad Toss," and the list goes on.

Language

Audible words include "hell," "damn," and "ass," as well as sexually charged terms like "nut sack," "yam sack," "testicles," "tits," and "horny." Bleeped phrases include "f--king idiot."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional use and promotion of illegal substances. One episode revolves around a plot dreamed up by the acting principal to put the football team on steroids to improve their performance. Teachers also sample drugs that they confiscate from students and sometimes drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated comedy takes place in a small-town high school but focuses on the dysfunctional lives of its faculty and staff, a motley crew of pseudo-professionals who don't really like their jobs, their students, or each other very much. Because the series is aimed at adults who appreciate crude humor, there's plenty of iffy material when it comes to kids and teens, from heavy sexual innuendo, bleeped cursing, and audible words like "porno," "nut sack," and "three-way" to crude jokes about doing drugs and drinking -- plus a borderline racist portrayal of a Middle Eastern janitor who speaks "scary Muslim talk." Proceed with caution.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAntonio Contreras June 2, 2009

It was cancelled already

This show has been cancelled, so it doesn't matter how bad it was
Adult Written byostrich_reg April 20, 2009

It isn't really that good

The humor is quite crude, not like south park but after watching 5 minutes of this cartoon I felt like I should do something for the planet like plants some tre... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAttack Attack April 27, 2009

Funny at times; but forced at others

I believe that this show is average. I watched the first two episodes and I'm torn. Some of the moments are very clever that i found hilarious, while other... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byI_TellTheTruth September 17, 2011

Not as terrible as CSM says

I read this review and then watched the show, expecting it to be extremely offensive. It wasn't really THAT bad. It wasn't nearly as offensive as Fami... Continue reading

What's the story?

Setting animated characters against a backdrop of live-action scenery, SIT DOWN, SHUT UP follows the antics of the faculty and staff at Knob Haven High School, a place where students "always come second." The mixed bag of dysfunctional educators includes everyman gym teacher Larry Littlejunk (Jason Bateman), body-conscious English instructor Ennis Hofftard (Will Arnett), Creationist science teacher Miracle Grohe (Kristin Chenoweth), put-upon German instructor Willard Deutschebog (Henry Winkler), and bisexual drama teacher Andrew Legustambos (Nick Kroll). The show is based on a popular live-action Australian series by the same name.

Is it any good?

Fans of the now-canceled comedy classic Arrested Development will really want to like this cheeky Fox cartoon dreamed up by Arrested Development writer Mitchell Hurwitz and producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum of Two and a Half Men. But for some reason, the jokes in Sit Down, Shut Up just don't play out with the same freewheeling hilarity that Hurwitz probably intended.

Yes, we get that even the characters' names are jokes in themselves -- Larry Littlejunk is pretty obvious, Andrew Legustambos (a play on the Spanish words for "he likes both"), less so. But maybe Sit Down, Shut Up falls flat because it relies too much on sophomoric body-part puns instead of the smart comedy viewers were expecting. With all the potential of that wasted voice talent, it's a definite disappointment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about humor that pushes the envelope when it comes to social mores and political correctness. Is it ever useful? Why or why not? Is it possible for something to be funny and offensive at the same time? Parents and kids can also talk about whether audiences would perceive this show any differently if it featured live actors instead of animated characters. Can animated comedy series like this one get away with more when it comes to crude humor because they seem less like real life than live-action?

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