The Drinky Crow Show



Alcoholic's animated exploits glamorize drinking.

What parents need to know

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.


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.


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

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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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Becky Thyre, David Herman, Dino Stamatopoulos
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 10 and 17 year old Written byAngelos Tsiaklis December 12, 2013

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Educator and Parent Written byjaandoe September 18, 2013


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 in a spiral of self doubt and depression. He alternately makes a stand on pointless issues to prove he is worth something or pretends apathy; he most often fails on both counts because of drinking. He is clearly a "good" person (or bird, as it were) who struggles with an addiction: in one episode is has an all-out battle with his brain as it demands that his body keeps consuming alcohol even though it is dying. He is unwillingly ambivalent and sadly aware of his apathy--he is also recognizes it's booze-ridden source. He feels broken after a string of bad relationships, parental and romantic, and his guilt leads to more drinking. He is surrounded by terrible influences and real-life stress. Uncle Gabby is the perfect enabler, and his wife/girlfriend is the unknowing one. Although the situations are extreme and often disgusting, we see just how twisted Drinky's reality is. Of course he escapes through drinking. This show is about alcoholism in its purest form, and Drinky Crow is far from lovable. However, the show is empathetic towards him as much and anyone can be empathetic towards alcoholics--they try and most often fail against a tide of circumstances that work against them. In the end, however, the cards dealt to Drinky are often a hand he builds for himself. It is a neverendin parade of bad decisions. His good-time buddies, the society around him and his well-intentioned but misunderstanding spouse pushes him to do what he loathes. Yet, in doing so his weakness is on full display. In short, this show is misunderstood. This show is for intelligent adults, for sure, but Will Wade's review is pathetic. It's off the air, but freely available online. If you catch your child watching it, it can be a good opportunity to talk about binge drinking and what it leads to. Watching it with an 18 year old and discussing the main character may be appropriate. Just make sure your kid is smart. This comes from the crowd who produced Morel Orel, another very intelligent and potentially offensive animated show with a message.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 and a lot of disgusting violence. First of all, who enjoys this show. It's so bad! Don't watch it. It's a disgrace to comedy and adult swim. Just terrible.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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