A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Tom is a nice guy with good intentions who loves his wife and family (although he's sexually attracted to other women). The series presents some strong negative stereotypes about people living in small-town America; few are presented as intelligent or good looking.
Violence & Scariness
Some minor pushing and shoving. Occasional animated gun violence, including the use of tranquilizer guns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including references to sexual intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, and sadomasochism. Homosexual references. Lewd behavior is sometimes visible, including a woman reaching for Tom's crotch, spanking, and simulated sucking. In one episode, The Mayor is involved in a sex scandal, and Tom is asked to cover it up.
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Language includes words like "damn" and "hell." Occasional use of stronger words is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible consumption of alcohol and tobacco products (like pipe smoking). Some subtle drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this quirky animated series earns its place in the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup with strong sexual innuendo (including references to oral sex, masturbation, and sadomasochism) and rude behavior. It's definitely not intended for kids, and the fact that much its humor is based on negative stereotypes might not appeal to adults, either. Expect some drinking, drug references, bleeped language, and limited use of guns.
Is It Any Good?
Decidedly adult in both content and style, Tom Goes to the Mayor is based on an award-winning short film and contains some unique animation. But although it's become a cult favorite in some circles, it isn't as cleverly written as some other Adult Swim shows, relying less on creative plotlines and more on stereotypes about people living in small-town America.
But what earns the show its TV-MA rating is its over-the-top sexual innuendo, which ranges from subtle wordplay to lewd images (including a woman grabbing Tom's crotch) to strong references to oral sex, masturbation, and sadomasochism. As a result, while adults may find the show fun late-night viewing, it's definitely not for kids.
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