A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters play tricks on their friends and owners for their own gain, often putting them in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. In one, they trick a peer into standing on a busy freeway. In another, they steal a woman's credit card to fund a vacation. Body humor (gas, poop, vomit) is also popular.
Violence & Scariness
Characters often slap and hit each other. Death is a source of humor, as when cats convince their friend to climb inside the fly-ridden corpse of a dead cat so they can collect the reward for returning him to his owner.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of talk of fantasizing about sex, enjoying "kitty" porn, and physical attraction to females. Innuendoes are equally hard to miss; in one scene, for example, cats discuss "faking a purr" when they're being stroked by their people.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are common.
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Products & Purchases
The cats often play video games for fun.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is portrayed in a positive light, as part of a successful social life or relaxing vacation. There's also mention of drugs and their effects on the body.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series definitely isn't meant for kids or tweens. It's full of sexual innuendo ("faking purrs," "kitty" porn, and the like), references to drinking and drug use, and tons of generally iffy behavior. The main characters prey on others' naivety to their own advantage, often tricking their friends into unpleasant and dangerous situations. Swearing, while on the mild side ("hell," "damn," etc.), is common. Bottom line? Don't let the show's affiliation with Disney (ABC Family is owned by the Mouse House) fool you -- nothing about this show is particularly family friendly.
Is It Any Good?
In general, the Disney conglomerate -- which includes ABC Family -- tends to keep its name (or at least its animated offerings) synonymous with squeaky-clean family programming. Slacker Cats is a glaring exception. If you're looking for positive lessons or values -- even a stray message about the power of friendship -- you're not going to find them here. In addition to the kitties' rampant bad behavior, there's some strongish language (mostly "hell" and "damn"), cartoon violence played for laughs, references to drinking and drug use, and obvious sexual innuendoes.
All in all, it's a poor choice for tweens and definitely not for kids. But adults and teens may get a few laughs from some of the same type of humor that's made shows like Family Guy and King of the Hill such favorites among older age groups.
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