The Drinky Crow Show

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Alcoholic's animated exploits glamorize drinking.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show makes light of the main characters' dependency on alcoholism and its impact. Drinky Crow is only mildly upset when his girlfriend leaves him because he won't give up drinking and eagerly hits the bars to soothe his angst.

Violence

Though there's little fighting, some scenes feature extremely violent and graphic images that are inappropriate for kids. In one example, a character happily cuts out his own eyes with a razor blade.

Sex

Though there's no nudity, some scenes show the animated characters engaging in some rather explicit sexual activity.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The two main characters spend much of the show drinking, talking about drinking, planning their drinking binges, and recovering from drinking. The show glamorizes drinking and minimizes its consequences. For example, the characters drink heavily while driving but walk away unscathed from a serious car wreck. That said, while Drinky Crow and his Uncle Gabby seem to be having plenty of fun, the show's animation style makes their alcoholic activities appear quite unappealing to viewers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Adult Swim cartoon is swimming in alcohol. The main characters certainly prefer drinking over just about any other activity, and the show makes light of consequences like drunk-driving accidents, vomiting, hangovers, and pursuing drunken sex with obviously inappropriate partners. But although the characters apparently are having plenty of fun, parts of the program are definitely unpleasant to watch. There are some extremely graphic images, and the general appearance of the entire series makes drinking seem ugly.

User Reviews

Adult Written byjaandoe September 18, 2013

Misunderstood

Will Wade has obviously never taken a literature class. Drinky Crow doesn't glorify alcoholism, it makes it hyperbolic. Drinky is guilt ridden and caught i... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 17 year old Written byAngelos Tsiaklis December 12, 2013

NoT FoR KiDs

ThIs sHoW Is sO MeSsEd uP, i dOnT EvEn wAnT To tAlK AbOuT It. pLeAsE, dOnT MaKe mE TaLk aBoUt iT. ItS NoT FuNnY EiThEr, As fAr aS I CaN TeLl.
Teen, 13 years old Written by150quail November 23, 2013

Worst show on adult swim. All they do is get drunk and then show graphic images of dead people. You call that a good show?

Ok this is just ridiculous. I present to you, the most pointless and rubbish show ever to be shown on adult swim. This show is basically animals getting drunk a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFrylock September 10, 2010

Adult, funny.

Seriously adult, but seriously funny.

What's the story?

The main characters on THE DRINKY CROW SHOW -- Drinky Crow (voiced by Dino Stamatopoulos) and his best friend, Uncle Gabby (David Herman) -- like to drink. In fact, the main point of this animated show for mature viewers is watching them get drunk and engage in foolish behavior. They get drunk and drive. They get drunk and seek out wildly inappropriate sexual partners. They drink until they throw up. And they engage in extremely violent, self-destructive behavior, usually presented with graphic and very unpleasant images.

Is it any good?

This animated show for adults -- which is based on a comic strip by artist Tony Millionaire -- makes light of alcoholism. Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby seem to be having fun as they drink themselves into stupors, and though the show's animation style certainly doesn't make their antics look pretty, it does try to make them seem amusing.

As such, The Drinky Crow Show tries to find entertainment in a narrow band located between promoting irresponsible behavior and convincing viewers to see it as a fun, ironic look at the potential hazards of liquor. And that's a tough job. Some people might laugh at Drinky Crow's misadventures but fail to realize that he's portrayed as anything but a role model. Others might find the characters' capers tedious, while others will simply find the show's graphic imagery unpleasant and offensive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about drinking. Do you think this show makes drinking seem fun or unpleasant? Does it

  • make you want to imitate the characters, or does it have the exact

  • opposite effect? What are some of the real-life consequences of drinking? How are they different from what's shown here? What about compared to other TV shows and movies?

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