A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?
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?