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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show mines Triumph's trademark insult comedy for laughs, and everyone is fair game for jabs at physical appearance, weight, success (or lack thereof), age, and race. It also mocks the divide between celebrities' lives and those of average citizens, particularly when it comes to excess and indulgence.
Positive Role Models
Triumph is rude and crass, which the show spins as appealing humor. June has Jack's best interests at heart, but she can be dishonest with her compliant charge. Jack's sunny disposition makes him an easy mark for manipulation.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is more of a discussion point than it is a physical presence on the show. Jokes about rape, necrophilia, masturbation, prostitution, sexual favors, oral sex (Triumph mentions having to "blow a coyote"), and adult toys are fair game. Lots of quips about Triumph humping legs, and he's seen simulating sex with a horse statue. Bedroom scenes show partners getting dressed (no nudity, though), implying the act just happened. In one case, a man imitates nursing from fake breasts.
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"Bitch," "a--hole," "s--t," and "bulls--t." "F--k" is edited. Slang sexual and body references include "nutsack," "balls," "happy ending," and "humping."
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Products & Purchases
The show is inspired by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's cameos on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows, so fans might want to check out clips of his other work. Some brand names are visible, such as Corn Flakes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Triumph is usually seen with an unlit cigar in his mouth. Adults are shown drinking and, in one case, snorting drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jack and Triumph Show is an Adult Swim sitcom centered on Triumph the Insult Comic Dog of Conan O'Brien fame. The show exists mostly as a forum for Triumph's patented mockery, aimed most harshly at a rotating cast of celebrities such as Hulk Hogan and Joey Fatone. There's a lot of strong language here: "A--hole," "s--t," and "bitch" are frequent flyers, and only "f--k" is edited. The show also relies on ribald sexual references, so you'll hear about balls, sex toys, necrophilia, oral sex (referred to as "blowing"), and happy endings, plus body parts such as testicles and vaginas. Drinking, smoking (Triumph is rarely without his cigar), and doing drugs are part of the gag, too.
Is It Any Good?
Triumph was a hit on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows, raking in the laughs with Smigel's mocking diatribe on anyone and everyone in the roaming canine's path. Smigel's ad-lib style is no less sharp or scathing in this show, but the sitcom format really constricts how much of it he can do since most of the show is scripted. The result is an awkward blend of Jack's wide-eyed innocence, Triumph's manipulative schemes, and a parade of mostly B-list celebrities who often serve as targets for the dog's insults.
Strong language and ubiquitous sexual references ensure this isn't something you want your tweens watching, but mature teens might enjoy Triumph's roast-style digs at his victims. If yours do watch, then use the opening to talk about bullying issues, since Triumph's mannerisms would garner entirely different responses in the real world than they do on TV.
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