Solar Opposites

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Out-there animated comedy has language, plenty of gore.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show leans on edgy content to get laughs. It's often successful but it makes the show feel weightless, as there are no realistic repercussions for the characters' behavior. Death, torture, terrorism, necrophilia, and other acts are played for laughs. Little is sacred in the show's content, so expect to hear and see it all.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All of the show's characters are cheerfully amoral, if not downright evil. They frequently endanger, torture, and kill humans out of curiosity and boredom. Humans are not depicted much better either; a running gag has Jesse and Yumyulack's school administrative staff threatening them and calling them names like "filthy f--king aliens." 

Violence

Violence is cartoonish and played for laughs but is frequent and can still be disturbing. In one scene, Korvo's feet are burned off when he ventures to the earth's core; we see magma flow over his feet and Korvo screaming as his feet are transformed into bloody stumps. (He then regrows his feet over the course of an episode) Many scenes have sci-fi weaponry and bloody deaths; people dissolve, screaming, into pools of blood. Jesse and Yumyulack hold a classmate over a vat of acid, expose her brain and pour soda on it, imprison miniaturized humans in cages like hamsters. The show's animation style and breezy air makes it seem less horrifying, but the content is still very much not for young viewers. 

Sex

Sexual content is mature, if relatively infrequent: two teachers start to pull their clothes off and then fall together onto a desk, presumably for sex; a new clone asks if it's creators are going to try to "f--k" him; a minor character talks enthusiastically about his predilection for necrophilia.

Language

Language is wall-to-wall: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "crap," "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character eats cocaine in one scene; there are no realistic consequences. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Solar Opposites is an animated show by the brains behind Rick and Morty. It has the same style and vibe, including lots of edgy humor, cheerful gory violence, surreal visuals and plot twists, and wall-to-wall language. Most of the iffy content arrives in the form of jokes, like a character who repeatedly discusses his necrophiliac tendencies. Violence is often played for laughs, though it's over-the-top and gory: school-age characters miniaturize, torture, and imprison humans; main characters go on a spree in which scores of humans are killed, screaming and dissolving into pools of blood; a character's feet are burned off until he has bloody stumps. In one scene, a character eats cocaine; in another, they're offered heroin. This is definitely a show for older adults and teens, particularly since it's just as violent as Rick and Morty, with considerably more language: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "crap," "hell" and more. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThatBlueT-Shirt July 12, 2020

Quirky but Dark Comedy Is Fantastically Delightful

This unorthodox cartoon features a decent amount of gore and more than one instance of sex, but the goofy art style makes the gore more like slapstick rather th... Continue reading
Adult Written byAmjeananda February 4, 2021

Sexual content

I just started watching and episode with my son and it showed a female pulling her pants down and a man going down on her... why is this on TV at all!
Teen, 13 years old Written bydepressedlink April 9, 2021

A great rick and morty like show

In terms of inappropriateness, carry everything from rick and morty and boost it up a bit. A great show thats pretty funny. A ton of gore, (like A LOT),a lot... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 30, 2021

I would recommend this.

So in episode 1 one of the teachers has sex with the principal. Again in episode 5.In episode 2 a character offers heroine to the main characters. They go to a... Continue reading

What's the story?

When their old planet was destroyed, SOLAR OPPOSITES Korvo (Justin Roiland) and Terry (Thomas Middleditch) were forced to flee through space with their kids (a.k.a. "replicants) Yumyulack (Sean Giambrone) and Jesse (Mary Mack). They found a new home on earth -- but that doesn't mean they have to be happy about it, or live in peace with their new cohabitants. 

Is it any good?

Fresh, funny, and wildly imaginative (if violent, mean-spirited, and occasionally really gross) this animated sitcom from the team behind Rick and Morty ably mocks family sitcom humor. The plots are pleasantly daffy and surreal: Terry and Korvo make a clone of their favorite TV personality; Korvo, Terry and friends work together to steal a bear from the zoo; Yumyulack and Jesse experiment on a classmate and wind up shrinking her down to mouse size before giving her a lobotomy.

The action frequently veers from wacky to frankly a bit disturbing. In one episode of Solar Opposites, an upset Terry and Korvo have an emotional reaction they call gorbling: tiny purple creatures emit from channels on their head. The creatures are plump and happy; they run off-screen laughing, never to be seen again. Cute! But then there's a scene in which we see Jesse and Yumyulack's "wall": a collection of tiny living humans they've shrunk and imprisoned in plastic cages. In another scene, Jesse and Yumyulack pour soda on a girl's exposed brain until she sustains enough brain damage to forget her torturers. In another, a side character happily exclaims that his newfound popularity around his neighborhood means the people he knows will have to accept his habit of digging up bodies from the local cemetery and having sex with them. You get the picture. It's not for kids, but viewers with a weakness for out-there animated series with inventive mature humor will be in heaven. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the market for shows such as Solar Opposites. Is this the kind of entertainment adults want? What is the appeal of animated series for grown-ups?

  • Is this series controversial? Does any of its content cross the line for you? Why or why not?

  • How much of what we see in entertainment do we internalize? Is it important that the characters be good role models or not? What shows do you watch that have positive behavior models?

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