A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
Tries to include many points of view. It's especially good at splitting time between male and female subjects.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon violence, often grotesque and played for shock and humor. People are shot, stabbed, eaten, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male and female nudity abounds. Characters talk about sex and genitalia. One episode focuses on the entire birth cycle.
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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.
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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.
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.
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