Parents' Guide to

The Midnight Gospel

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Chaotic adult animation has nudity, violence, profanity.

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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

This show gives an amazing insight into philosophical topics not often thought about. The animation is amazing and gives great imagery while you take in the heavy discussion. I cried watching this multiple times and the last episode is especially very touching. I believe the topics can benefit anyone but I especially said 16+ because I believe this age group is where you can begin to fully grasp it.
age 15+

TL;DR creative & philosophical, taste of violence and drug talk is subjective, open your teens' minds...

This show is one of those niche masterpieces that further prove animation doesn't have to be all sunshine and rainbows, while ironically still being very colorful and flashy. It's a really creative show that puts some philosophical input on life situations, but if you aren't completely distracted by the visuals then you'll have to listen very carefully. I think this is one of those ways you can initiate deep and fun conversations with your teens, or even further encourage their artistic capabilities if they have any. As for the warnings, there is quite alot of bloody apocalyptic and bizarre violence/death going on sometimes. If cartoon characters being splattered dead is something you or your teens can't handle, skip ahead I guess. Also, I only give the "too much drugs" warning in the sense that the characters endorse alot of psychedelic drug talk near the beginning of the show, not to mention the entire show's visuals closely emulate psychedelic trips. There's no hiding the fact that many minors can get access to such drugs (especially weed), and talking about it and how it may affect your teens legality-wise is important. You should encourage your children to be open to different viewpoints, but if you feel they are generally the type to be very gullible to what media says, perhaps you can skip this as well? I'm not saying you CAN'T let a kid who's like, 13 or under to watch this show. But at least reflecting on my own life, I didn't start REALLY grasping deeper thinking until I was around 15 in 10th grade. I found that many 15 year olds I talked to could also talk and understand such topics. So if you ask me, I think 15 is a good minimum age to FULLY appreciate what Midnight Gospel has to offer. But this is only a guideline, as exceptions are exceptions.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It's tough for anyone to do more than one thing at a time, and this series is often trying to do many, many different things at once. The animation is a psychedelic riff on Rick & Morty-style shock humor that motors along during a philosophical podcast interview and then, every so often, someone breaks into song. Sure. Chaos is the engine that drives The Midnight Gospel, and though there are fleeting moments of beauty or humor, it's mostly a wild, directionless ride. Teens who enjoy the absurd and esoteric may find it up their alley, but overall, it's got too much going on.

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