Uncle Grandpa

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Bizarre 'toon gets laughs with absurdity, gross-out humor.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 76 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 113 reviews

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age 8+

Wacky, off-the-wall fun!

I enjoyed watching this along with my 9 year old. We both loved it. It is something that would appeal to a person who likes wacky, bizarre humor and bendable reality!
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age 12+

Imagine complaining that a show meant for older kids in the first place isn’t great for your 5-7 year old.

The people complaining about their little kids watching this show are…I don’t know. Like someone else pointed out, not everything on Cartoon Network is for little children. I would agree that little kids shouldn’t watch this show but I’m not sure why they’re so angry about it. Yeah, it doesn’t teach anything, but that’s fine? Why can’t something just be fun to watch? Cartoons like this are what got me into drawing and making artwork when I was a kid and teenager. As far as the actual show, I wouldn’t put it up there with Regular Show or Adventure Time (also not meant for your five year olds and that is the bracket this program falls into) but it’s still good. The visual gags are pretty funny sometimes. And sometimes it does have some pretty dark humor. I actually think shows like this are a good bridge for siblings that aren’t super close in age because of this. A 17 year old and a 12 year old could hang out and watch this together, easy. I’m pretty sure this show is meant to be “stupid”. Believe it or not, some people love absurdist humor. I actually do think Uncle Grandpa and co aren’t the worst role models. They’re optimistic, they’re energetic, they’re fun, and being “weird” is pointed out but not necessarily a bad thing. As a former “weird kid”, I would have appreciated this show. But I’m a weird 28 year old now and I love it anyway. This show sends the message of acceptance of others. They aren’t making fun of mental disorders. Every character that could be seen as “mentally disordered” is accepted, loved, and supported. “Different, not lesser” would be the message. Characters may become frustrated with the quirks of each other but they never stop being loving. That’s a big deal if you’re a kid with low self-esteem, who may fear that because someone is upset with them that they are no longer cared about or liked. If your kids NEED to learn “lessons” from shows, I don’t know. Maybe turn on Dora the Explorer or something. Paw Patrol could be interpreted as authoritarian propaganda, therefore I would never allow kids in my care to watch it, yet it’s massively, insanely frigging popular. I’m not huge on the whole “old dude in a white van” thing but again, a kid who is OLD ENOUGH to actually watch this show would understand that Uncle Grandpa isn’t real. It’s supposed to be an RV anyway, not a “serial killer van” (see the video by Jon Lajoie if you haven’t, it’s funny). Times have changed - in 2021 the pedos aren’t in white vans, they’re online. I wonder how many of these people who probably grew up watching SpongeBob would feel about the Panty Raid episode, which is now taken down. Did that turn you into a predator who breaks into women’s houses to sniff their underwear? Teach your kids discernment. Teach them how to analyze things and think critically. Maybe stop relying on literal television to teach your kids lessons you should be teaching them? Just a thought.

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