A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's an overarching message that everyone deserves equal treatment -- including zombies and demons -- despite outward appearances. But the show's focus on other takeaways, like the fact that you should "never make life decisions with a hard-on and a fifth of tequila" make that a pretty moot point.
Positive Role Models
As a social worker, Mark is constantly trying to help zombies, monsters, and other aliens assimilate to everyday life in New York City. But most characters have some sort of problem, whether they're sleeping with their boss (Mark), drinking on the job (Leonard), or trying to fill a quota by arresting innocent immigrants (Lt. Grimes).
Violence & Scariness
Some pretty gross stuff (even though it's animated), including zombies ripping their faces off, or losing limbs, etc. Cartoonish violence includes kicking, punching, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mark is having an affair with his boss, and the pair often kiss and make out in bathroom stalls, with implied sex (although no sensitive body parts are shown). Other characters tongue-kiss and talk about "bangin'" or getting "laid," etc.
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Some bleeped swearing (mainly, the word "c--k") plus sexually charged audibles like "douche nozzle," "ball bag," "cooch," "vagina," and "foreskin."
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Products & Purchases
The show spoofs popular brands with signs for Blood, Bath & Beyond (Bed, Bath & Beyond), Barnes & Evil (Barnes and Noble), Sin-a-Bon (Cin-a-Bon) and Brim-Stone Blasphemery (Coldstone Creamery). Other brands are occasionally mentioned by name, like Wendy's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most characters drink alcohol (and some do it secretly at work), and the main character and his roommate hang out regularly at a nightclub.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented cartoon relies on shock value and sexual humor for laughs, making it an iffy choice for older teens who might glean some questionable messages from its admittedly ridiculous premise. Expect lots of crude language and visuals, including characters who say "suck my balls" and defecate on police officers, and others who rip their faces off and eat brains -- although the strongest language (including words like "c--k") is bleeped. Alcohol and sex are also a regular part of the storyline.
Is It Any Good?
For most people, Ugly Americans will be an acquired taste -- and might even trigger a gag reflex. After all, jokes involving a restaurant in Hell that serves unbaptized baby arm soup with a raspberry coulis or a rehabilitated zombie who takes a job washing windows at a brain storage facility (and ultimately can't control his cravings) aren't for everyone.
But those with a soft spot for the bizarre and an appreciation for hand-drawn details will probably feel differently about this uncommon horror-comedy. And it does have its moments, like when Mark advises a cereal-crunching Randall that he has a little something on his face, and Randall realizes, after wiping it off, that it was an actual piece of his face -- and a rather large one at that. But is it funny? Well...yes. But it's not for everyone.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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