Parent reviews for Squidbillies

Common Sense says

Irreverent cartoon mocks the rural South. Skip it.
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Parents say

age 16+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 42 reviews
Parent of a 15 and 17 year old Written byladyblue January 20, 2011

this show is simply hilarious

this cartoon is a crack-up. just watch it. whether its for children or not is just ridiculous! it probably mirrors whatever is already in their homes! it is clever, hilarious, and original. dont listen to these out of touch critics. if they dont find this show laughable, they have no sense.

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Adult Written byPatrick G. March 16, 2018

The reason parents should talk to their children about the CONTEXT of programming, not just content.

Any one who has watched the show will affirm this: this is inappropriate for young children and teens. However, this is only shown on AdultSwims late night block now, and if then only one 11 minute episode as compared to the hour-long blocks of FOX-produced cartoons (Seth McFarlane shows and Bob's Burgers). Older teens will likely come across this program, but from a longtime fan it is my opinion that when a parent finds their child has been watching this that they take some time to really figure out the context of what is occuring on the show. The central character, Early Cuyler, may be the stereotype of a rural Southern man, but hopefully it becomes very evident this is a caricature of the rural South and its people. Produced in Georgia out of AdultSwim's Williams Street, the creators are from the South and have made a good deal of the show a love letter to the music, culture, and contemporary problems that the rural South experiences. One episode in the earliest season (and redone for one of the most recent as well) uses the biological reality of squid hermaphroditism to parse the stereotypical fear of transgender or gender-ambiguity that many expect from the South. In both instances, Early expresses anger stemming from the fear of what he does not understand but cools off once the tables have turned and it becomes his issues put under a microscope. Racial injustice and the underlying tension between the South and minority communities is also constantly played with; one episode ("Southern Pride and Prejudice") focuses on the very topical controversy surrounding the popularity of the Confederate flag in these communities. In this episode, Early and his family support the display of the flag until pulling a 180 when they learn that the Appalachian mud-squids were an enslaved species in the Civil War-era South (including a quick gag where what appears to be a hateful slur is quickly revealed to be a slur for the squid, but still just as hateful). Additionally, the writing is so well done and self-aware, that it should be very helpful for parents of teens who like this show to see that there are actual morals being offered to the viewer, of course none that the characters of the show are willing to recognize or acquiesce too. In a way, this show also portrays these areas as the victims they truly are in modern life: the show's Dougal County suffers from corrupt local officials, over-bearing and hypocritical religious figure heads, and a widespread lack of encouragement to pursue education which is of course played for laughs initially. Ideally though, these instances leave thew viewer with a pit in their stomach with the revelation that this is not that far off from the experiences of those living in truly impoverished areas of the rural South. In a word, this is satire, and all good satire is able to punch at the audience as being complicit in the problems presented to them as entertainment. I encourage any parent who finds their child watching this to watch it for themselves and to talk to their child about it, especially with concerns to those episodes dealing with topical subject matter, especially as the recent season premiere wherein the secondary lead Rusty Cuyler is unjustly convicted for murder and sentenced to death, echoing the state of many of America's minority youths prosecuted because of police prejudice and incompetence. This show is very appropriate in context, but the content is so shocking at times it is very important to communicate the real issues this show is playing with. The inappropriate behaviors of the characters are contextualized as both the result of their being victims of a broken system, but also their refusal to accept such and thus express a desire to victimize others. The show, taken in strides, is a fantastic role model for what is NOT appropriate, but with any such media it is important as a parent to separate the slim fantasy that is at the surface from the very real issues that underline the shows direction and writing.

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Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written byConcerned Pep Pep September 18, 2013

We love Early!

If you have family from the mountains it might be for you and your kids. The kids love Early because he reminds them of my own papa. Yes he cusses and carries on but thats what makes us love him. I can see some of Rusty in my own boy, awkward teen, and seeing Rusty cope with pretty bad acne has got to be good for him. If you do want to make family time around the Squidbillies and you have very young children make sure they know Dan Halen is the villain because the show often makes his intentions ambiguous but he is never up to any good. Always out for himself and looking to make a quick buck at the Squidbillies expense! NOT a good role model!

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Adult Written bylaurenhooba April 9, 2008

This is not a kid's show

Squidbilles, the show on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, is designed to be viewed by 16 and up crowd due the adult content of the show.
Adult Written byCSM Screen name... April 9, 2008
Adult Written byzombieslaya108 November 22, 2016

Iffy for teens

Sex: Many episodes contain Strong Sexual content but it is only played for laughs however. The grandma is a sex addict and makes crude and graphic sexual comments or gestures around male and sometimes female strangers in so many episodes. Same goes to Krystal. In one episode, Early's hat has a massive dildo on in, but it is blurred. But it can still be seen clearly however. Violence: There is violence throughout the series and it is very bloody and sometimes gory. A lot of scenes of Shooting, beating, murder, etc. in almost every episode. Early is extremely abusive to his son Rusty and he is seen beating him, choking him, throwing, and sometimes shooting him and killing him. But it is all played for laughs and not taken seriously. The violence is later toned down since Season 7, but it is still present and frequent however. Language: Profanity is used throughout the series. Anything stronger than "bitch" are bleeped on tv. I am not sure if they are uncensored on DVD/Blu-ray, I do not own any of them. "Shit" was censored until season 9. Drugs/alcohol/smoking: Drugs, alcohol and smoking is used throughout the entire series.

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Adult Written bylikeabossM June 10, 2011

hawt dang rusty we got us a show!

i love it

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Adult Written byPizza G. May 22, 2017

Iffy humor in satirical animation

Squidbillies is an offensive cartoon that seems to revel in, as mentioned previously by common sense media, making fun of the South. Naturally, characters and their motives are all determined by extreme stereotyping. There's drinking, chauvinism, sex references (usually via ribald phrases on hats and other apparel--i.e. one that reads "Booty Hunter" with a suggestively positioned female silhouette) and swearing. Occasionally characters are shot at or beaten for comedic effect, sometimes with blood. Controversial themes. Overall pretty iffy, but fine for teens.

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Parent of a 13, 17, and 18+ year old Written byChanda E. November 8, 2017
Parent of a 5, 8, and 10 year old Written byheckyeah September 11, 2010
i like blood but my kids are matured they like adult oriented cartoons

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Adult Written bywallaceson October 9, 2009
i looks stupid and THERE'S LOT'S OF VILENESS

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Parent of a 11, 14, and 16 year old Written byAverage Teen January 5, 2009

AGE!!!!

Now this is an adult show, Only my two oldest are allowed to even watch Adultswim. This is ,however a funny show.
Adult Written byashadoodle April 9, 2008

Not for Kids

This is an adult show, as the ratings state. There are a lot of negative messages, so only teens who are mature enough to distinguise immature comedy from reality should watch.
Adult Written bykinkybabez77 April 9, 2008

This is Just Stupid

Young Children should be in bed by this time anyways. Not appropriate or funny for children and developing teen. Also, I could draw that. It's bad animation and not appealing to look at.
Adult Written byLousie M. June 6, 2018

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byDr. Weird September 11, 2010

Word.

Really adult, but funny.

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