The Midnight Gospel

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Chaotic adult animation has nudity, violence, profanity.

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age 14+
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Positive Messages

The Midnight Gospel has a philosophical current running through it, so there's a lot of discussion about coping with death, fear, and anxiety that might have some interesting takeaways for mature teens.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tries to include many points of view. It's especially good at splitting time between male and female subjects.

Violence

Lots of cartoon violence, often grotesque and played for shock and humor. People are shot, stabbed, eaten, etc.

Sex

Male and female nudity abounds. Characters talk about sex and genitalia. One episode focuses on the entire birth cycle.

Language

Frequent profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole, "damn." 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug use is a frequent topic, especially recreational drug use for reasons of personal growth. Pros and cons of drug use are discussed equally, though show often comes out as pro responsible drug use. Alcohol also finds its way into discussions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Midnight Gospel is an adult cartoon co-created by Pendleton Ward, whose credits also include the popular kids' animated series Adventure Time. The show has a unique format: The main character hosts a futuristic type of podcast and interviews a different subject each episode, often on philosophical topics. These interviews often take place amidst other action -- the first episode takes place during a zombie apocalypse, for example -- so the result is like a chaotic mashup of Rick & Morty and Howard Stern. Just because it's animated doesn't mean it's for kids: There's plenty of gory violence and frequent full-frontal nudity, while the interviews contain a lot of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole, "damn") as well as frank discussions about drug use, death, and other complex topics.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byColorfulpig August 16, 2020

Very philosophical

Ok so I gave it 18+ not because of the content but because of the messages in the show younger children probably can’t understand or completely relate or find a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLmath July 7, 2020

Sex info is educational

This is an awesome show about different people and their experience with life. It’s a podcast with visuals, some are a bit graphic. Other than this I don’t see... Continue reading

What's the story?

Clancy is an extradimensional technology farmer and the host of the popular spacecast THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL. On each episode, he visits a simulated universe and interviews one of its inhabitants.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animation for adults. Why do you think it's become more popular in recent years? 

  • How does this compare to other, more traditional interview shows? What do you think about the format? Are people always honest when they're being questioned? 

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