A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show uses shockingly graphic content to entertain, and none of it has any consequence to speak of. The rapid-fire sequence of the shorts desensitizes viewers toward the ribald content as well. Expect to hear lots of farting, see plenty of vomiting, and witness all kinds of unsavory behavior throughout the show, including religious figures such as Jesus acting silly or gross.
Positive Role Models
The stories make no attempt to present positive role models, as the show's humor is rooted in controversial and socially unacceptable behavior, which never yields realistic consequences.
Violence & Scariness
Gratuitous violence is only slightly lessened by the fact that it's in animation rather than live action. Human and animal characters are shot, crushed, impaled, and dismembered; broken body parts are shown bloody and mangled. In one scene, a man holds his severed head while his neck spurts blood; in another, a rabbit begs a fox for mercy as his broken body lies dying and the fox prepares to eat it. Murder, asphyxiation, suicide, fire, and other forms of violence are fair game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Few rules apply here, so expect to see everything from rats having sex to make-out sessions between people and animals. References to sodomy and incest ("Your father put his finger in you," a woman tells a man), pornography, orgies (a woman has sex with three aliens simultaneously; it's not shown, but the sounds are audible), and sexual fetishes (bondage, threesomes, fisting). If the scenes themselves aren't graphic, the language makes up for it, as when one character speaks to having put his genitalia in a toaster: "I made that toaster my bitch," he says.
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Just about everything goes. "S--t," "bitch," "Goddamn it," "Jesus," "hell," "ass," "son of a bitch," and "a--hole" are heard multiple times; "f--k" and all of its variations are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and drinking are commonplace and widely accepted. Sometimes alcohol consumption relates to a character's drunken behavior, but other times it's just part of everyday behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TripTank is an animated series that relies on graphic violence, explicit sexual themes, and excessive strong language to entertain. In other words, it's definitely not for impressionable kids. The fact that characters are murdered in bloody fashion (with guns, by crushing and impaling) is meant to be funny, as are frequent scenes of dismemberment and other intentional violence. Sexuality is explored through issues such as bestiality, sodomy, and child abuse, all of which are presented in a comical fashion. Animals are shown engaging in the act itself, and people talk about everything from having sex with multiple partners to bedroom habits such as bondage and masochism. Expect pervasive language, too, such as "a--hole," "Goddamn it," "son of a bitch," and a long list of others, with only "f--k" warranting bleeps.
Is It Any Good?
Because TripTank is a medley of stories from a pool of creators who count the likes of Saturday Night Live, Brickleberry, and Breaking Bad among their resume highlights, it's impossible to know what to expect at the start of each short. Of course, that's by design, as much of the show's entertainment value relates to the stories' ability to shock viewers with their edginess. In other words, it's no accident when three aliens swindle an elderly woman into an orgy so their magical semen can heal her cancer. This is the kind of entertainment the show's creators have set out to cultivate, and the end result isn't without laughs, but it is decidedly above the threshold of what's acceptable for many teens.
To its credit, TripTank's breakneck pace and use of many animated styles keeps the show interesting, and it boasts a talented voice cast. Also, when it comes down to it, it's hard not to chuckle over some of the skits, racy or violent though they are. For adults looking to mix up their comedy intake, this edgy show might fill a niche, but you'll likely want to save it for long after your kids are in bed.
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