Stroker and Hoop

Common Sense Media says

Animated TV parody finds humor in sex, violence.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The private eyes' goals include sleeping late and having sex with women. They spend their clients' money without doing what they're paid for. Stroker is a negligent father, and Hoop isn't very intelligent. The characters are primarily Caucasian; Stroker's ex-wife is Latina.

Violence

Pushing, shoving and punching. Plus, both Stroker and Hoop love to draw their guns, and there's plenty of shooting (handguns, machine guns) and lots of (cartoon) blood pouring from dying victims.

Sex

Lots of strong sexual innuendo (including orgasm sounds) and occasional fondling of women. Shows some simulated sex acts, though there's no real nudity. Both Stroker and Hoop are occasionally seen in their underwear, and women are shown in bikinis in the opening credits. One woman is shown wearing pasties on her breasts. Stroker and Hoop are tricked into appearing in an adult film.

Language

Audible language includes "crap," "hell," and "whore." Stronger words -- like "f--k" -- are bleeped.

Consumerism

Occasionally features personalities like Lou Diamond Phillips, David Copperfield, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some visible consumption of alcohol. Occasional drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated Adult Swim series -- which parodies classic crime-solving shows like Starsky & Hutch -- has much stronger sexual innuendo, gun violence, and language (though the stronger words bleeped out) than its live-action inspirations/predecessors. In some scenes, cartoon blood pours out of wounds, and animated versions of popular celebrities are shot to death. Adults might appreciate the lampoon-like humor, but the series isn't intended for young viewers and is an iffy choice for teens.

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What's the story?

Animated parody STROKER AND HOOP chronicles the adventures of former mattress salesman John \"Stroker\" Stockmeyer (voiced by John Glaser) and struggling actor Hoop Schwartz (Timothy \"Speed\" Levitch), now a pair of incompetent private investigators who manage to bungle every case they get. Stroker is committed to fighting crime in order to sleep late, drive fast cars, and seduce beautiful women. He also likes to use his work as an excuse for neglecting his son Keith (Mary Birdsong). Meanwhile, Hoop just wants to get paid and move out of his mother's house so he can have a girlfriend. Together they attempt to solve cases with the help of C.A.R.R. (Paul Christie), a computer-operated hatchback that lacks intelligence, speed, and a sense of loyalty. Using their underdeveloped sleuthing skills, the two PIs follow the wrong leads, wear bad disguises, and shoot innocent people. Their friend/mechanic, Double-Wide (Curtis Armstrong), provides them with low-budget gadgets -- like a flying jet ski made out of duct-tape -- to help catch the bad guys. And when things go really wrong, Coroner Rick (Gary Anthony Williams) is there to help them hide their mistakes.

Is it any good?

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This Adult Swim series is a parody of the "buddy cop" detective shows like Starsy & Hutch and Knight Rider that were popular in the '70s and '80s. But unlike those shows, this animated spoof includes strong sexual content, exaggerated gun violence, images of blood pouring out of bullet wounds, and lots of inappropriate language (though the strongest words are bleeped out). While adult fans may enjoy the way Stroker and Hoop pokes fun at some of their old favorites, it's not meant for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the purpose of TV parodies. Are they intended to poke fun at their target shows and characters or honor them? Are there any larger social statements being made? Families can also discuss why classic TV shows are reinvented for new generations of viewers. Is it because they were so popular, or are producers just running out of new material?

TV details

Cast:Jon Glaser, Paul Christie, Speed Levitch
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-MA

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Kid, 12 years old September 23, 2011
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17
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Hilarious, but NOT for kids

the only CN show with the word c--t or c--k it really stands out for violence and sex, but very funny
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byxxzbxld May 4, 2010
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14
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great for mature people

it is awsome but kind of inappropriate for some people. If you are mature it is a great show and i am very sure you will think it is really funny. Some immature people might be influnced by it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Wow a very funny cartoon not for kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tons of sex language fuck cunt and shit are frequent nudity full frontal lots of drug use and graphic violence

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