The Brak Show

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre Adult Swim alien cartoon spoofs sitcoms.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

Only "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byDr. Weird September 11, 2010

Brak.

Tame for Adult Swim, but it's still pretty adult.
Adult Written bywhovian852 April 9, 2008

Funniest show ever to be on adult swim.

I watched every episode of this on Youtube a couple of weeks ago. Most of the episodes are pretty tame compared to other adult swim shows, but that doesn't... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 24, 2018

Perfectly okay for tweens.

Unlike other Adult Swim shows, this one is a lot more tame. There's barely any cursing. Maybe occasional "damn" or "hell", but tweens c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoorefrost February 15, 2016
yea iz good but u know be carefull at times

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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