Stroker and Hoop
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Animated TV parody finds humor in sex, violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Audible language includes "crap," "hell," and "whore." Stronger words -- like "f--k" -- are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Occasionally features personalities like Lou Diamond Phillips, David Copperfield, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some visible consumption of alcohol. Occasional drug references.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Premiere date: August 1, 2004
- Cast: Jon Glaser, Paul Christie, Speed Levitch
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: March 24, 2023
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