The Brak Show



Bizarre Adult Swim alien cartoon spoofs sitcoms.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters are chauvinistic and irresponsible, but it's obviously satirical.


Occasional jokes about death and violence, but they're very cartoonish. Frequent verbal sparring between mother and father.


Thinly veiled sexual themes, such as an alien kidnapping Mom to turn her into his "ideal woman."


Only "hell" and "damn."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to beer. One character invents a beer hat.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this bizarre cartoon is meant for teens and adults. Though most of its humor is silly and nonsensical humor, themes surrounding domestic life -- including male-female gender dynamics and parent-child relationships -- might be confusing to younger viewers. The mother and father argue frequently, and the father regularly spouts chauvinistic vitriol, which most older teens will understand to be satirical. References to violence, sex, and alcohol occasionally come into play, but overall this is one of the tamer Adult Swim shows.

What's the story?

THE BRAK SHOW -- a spin-off of Space Ghost: Coast to Coast -- is an animated comedy that airs as part of the Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim. It's a spoof on traditional domestic sitcoms like I Love Lucy (it even features a Cuban husband). The titular character (voiced by Andy Merrill) is a young alien boy whose friends include Zorak (C. Martin Croker), a fiendish alien praying mantis. Brak's traditionally styled mother (Marsha Crenshaw and, later, Joanna Daniel) -- who wears an apron and dishwashing gloves but has Brak's alien eyes -- spars frequently with her shrink-ray victim husband (George Lowe), who usually sits at the kitchen table reading a newspaper and is generally lazy and incompetent, sometimes making chauvinistic comments to his wife. The show's storylines are generally brief forays into the absurd (each is only 15 minutes long).

Is it any good?


Jokes about sex, sexism, and beer -- along with twisted examples of family and friend relationships -- mean that this show isn't for young viewers. Teens with a twisted sense of humor might enjoy it, and most will understand the satirical elements. But parents might want to check in with teens about the less-obvious humor regarding gender.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes something funny. Why isn't the same joke funny to everyone who hears it? What are the different styles of comedy? How is each one defined? Which style does this show fall into? Is its humor similar to or different from other Adult Swim shows? How? Families can also discuss why domestic life is so often mined for laughs. Do you think your family could be turned into a sitcom? When does your family have the most fun together?

TV details

Cast:Andy Merrill, C. Martin Croker, George Lowe
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 9 years old August 19, 2011

Nice show,

A very good show and it's actually only TV-PG but some sexual referances, but kids aren't pervs, this isn't bad
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 18, 2015

Rated TV PG. great for 8+

This is the most appropriate show on Adult Swim. all episodes are TV PG. Anyone 8+ would like this. Occasionally, there are sexual references, smoking and drinking, but PG!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of an infant, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year old Written bymykidsarebabies April 13, 2015


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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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