Son of Zorn

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Some funny, naughty jokes in barbarian-out-of-water sitcom.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Putting an animated character in a live-action show is a gimmick that undercuts emotions, but this is at heart a show about redemption as Zorn tries to kindle a relationship with his teenage son. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Zorn is ultraviolent -- joking about beheadings and eviscerations -- and sexist -- he calls a waitress "food whore!" -- but his foibles are clearly being sent up. 


Literal cartoonish violence: Animated characters aim rays at each other, stab each other with swords dripping with purple blood, are beheaded. Zorn stabs a giant bird suddenly in the throat and then punches it repeatedly as it bleeds and cringes. Zorn calls his son a warrior, a bone crusher, a little decimator, gives him a brain gouger as a gift and is disappointed when he solves problems with words rather than swords. 


Jokes about sex: "Remember when we had that fivesome with the mountain trolls?" Zorn asks his ex. Jokes about anuses, tampons.


Occasional mild cursing: "Dammit!" "What the hell?" Zorn tells his son he's going to "throw his ass" up in the air. Zorn summons a waitress: "Food whore!" 


Zorn salivates over a package of Hot Pockets. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mom refers to being "coked up" in some distant past. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Son of Zorn is a sitcom focused on Zorn, a (cartoon) barbarian of the He-Man variety who's seeking a relationship with his (live-action) teenage son. Much of the humor in the show is derived from Zorn's violent and sexist ways. We see him in animated battles with eviscerations and beheadings, with creatures who are suddenly cut in half by giant swords dripping with purple blood. Zorn also makes jokes about drinking blood and playing sports with decapitated heads and calls a waitress over by calling her "food whore!" His bad behavior is being sent up, but younger viewers may not get this. Expect mild cursing ("What the hell?"), a joke about being "coked up," and references to "fivesomes" with mythical beasts. The show doesn't lack charm, but like some modern animated shows, it's not made for very young viewers. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written bychris d. September 22, 2016

fox has thought of better but this is ok

ok what do u get when u mix a barbarion some sweet humor and naugthy moments together well ya get foxes new attempt at comedy son of zorn its not unfunny its n... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTomiscool November 13, 2016

Funny, But I Would Choose Futurama Over It.

Violence: 2/5: Some, Small Amount Of Blood. Sex: 2/5: Zorn Is Sexist.
Language: 2/5: Ass And Whore. Drugs/Smoking: 2/5: Some. Overall: 8/20.
My Rating: TV-PG.
Teen, 15 years old Written bydavidisdavid November 13, 2016

What's the story?

In SON OF ZORN, animated warrior Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) hadn't been back from his battles in Zephyria for a decade when he received a message from his Earth ex, Edie (a live-action Cheryl Hines): His son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton), is about to turn 17. Time to get back to Orange County! Zorn plans to just breeze by, but when Edie clues him in that this could be his last chance to develop a relationship with Alan, Zorn decides to stay awhile. Now he's got an apartment, a soap dispenser sales job, a (really tight) shirt, and a new item on his to-do list: help Alan through the last few awkward years of his childhood. 

Is it any good?

Putting aside the gimmick of combining live action with animation, this show isn't without its charms, but the conflicts seem aggressively sitcommy. Alan's embarrassed by his dad in front of a girl, Zorn's threatened by having a female boss, a dad just wants to get close to his son: What is this, My Three Sons? Enough jokes land to give viewers a few chuckles -- Edie explains to Zorn that she and new fiancé Craig (a game Tim Meadows, always great to see) know how to have fun: "We have our own avocado tree in the back and make our own guacamole."

But Son of Zorn insists on trying to flog further humor out of tired topics: Zorn's brutality, Edie's scolding-mom act. A scene in which Zorn clubs a giant Death Hawk goes on painfully long, clearly hoping for an Archer sort of naughty zing, but the writing just doesn't have that show's sharpness. What we have here is a fish-out-of-water comedy with familiar and appealing actors who do their best with limited material. It's fine for families with teens, but it may be a tough sell: Today's teens don't even remember the old He-Man cartoons Zorn spoofs. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who Son of Zorn is designed to appeal to. Do you think the fact that it's animated gives it more "kid appeal" than solely live-action shows? Do you think people often assume that anything animated is OK for younger viewers?

  • Have you ever seen He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? Is Zorn supposed to look and act like He-Man? Why is that funny? 

  • Have you seen any other shows that mix animation with live actors? Do you like this style? Does it add to the show? How? 

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