Uncle Grandpa



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

Kids see the characters solve problems, but their methods are so fantastical, their messages hardly translate to real life. Some stories have marginally positive themes about concepts like self-image, but the extremes to which the plot goes to illustrate them often overshadow the good, as when an obese boy learns to accept his rotund belly after Uncle Grandpa shows him how to use it as a weapon and a toy. Body-related humor is less gross than bizarre; Uncle Grandpa is adept at detaching or opening parts of his body, he can expel objects from various orifices, and his tiger emits a rainbow trail from his hind end when he moves.

Positive role models

Uncle Grandpa isn't a model of responsible adult behavior, but the kids do have fun while they solve problems with him. He's always joyful, persistently optimistic, and undaunted by any challenge.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick fantasy humor with hitting, punching, and kicking. Explosions and weapons (laser guns, mostly) cause their targets to disappear. Some of the characters –- including Uncle Grandpa –- can change forms, lose body parts, and eat their own eyeballs and noses at will with no lasting effect. The characters' adventures usually involve some kind of mild peril like encounters with animal zombies or menacing wolves, but little comes of them.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Occasionally "stupid."


Rarely you'll see pop culture references like fleeting glimpses of One Direction posters on the walls.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Uncle Grandpa is a cartoon, it isn't appropriate for very young kids. Body-related gross-out humor is the main offender, as issues like obesity, farting (including a tiger who passes a rainbow trail from his rear end that doubles as a weapon), and the removal and ingestion of one's own body parts are revisited ad nauseam. There's no semblance of reality to the meandering, fantasy-based plots, and supporting characters are often rude to each other. Despite Uncle Grandpa's craziness, he often proves himself helpful in a roundabout way. Violence is limited to physical exchanges with punching and kicking, as well as the occasional laser gun showdown or stray explosion.

What's the story?

UNCLE GRANDPA follows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa (voiced by Pete Browngardt) –- said to be the uncle and grandpa of everyone in the world -– as he travels around the world in an RV keeping tabs on kids and helping him solve their problems. He's joined by his trusty fanny pack, Belly Bag (Eric Bauza), holder of all things necessary in their adventures; Mr. Gus (Kevin Michael Richardson), the tough-talking dinosaur who's the muscle of the operation; Pizza Steve (Adam Devine), a smooth-talking slice of pepperoni pizza; and Uncle Grandpa's pet, Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, who often doubles as a mode of transportation for the crew.

Is it any good?


Uncle Grandpa falls in step behind the likes of Adventure Time with Finn and Jake and Chowder as another example of Cartoon Network's proclivity for bizarre, grotesque, but ultimately enticing cartoons. His moniker is a joke within itself, since he's the comical extension of the stereotypical crazy uncle, but his gags take the old "Pull my finger" crack to new heights. This guy is like the Garbage Pail Kids version of Inspector Gadget –- he can remove body parts, eat them himself or feed them to his pet tiger, propel objects from his navel, and play basketball with his pliable belly. It's not exactly appetizing, and he's a little nuts, but it's the kind of wacky humor that, for better or worse, is sure to draw crowds.

Certain visual aspects of the series show an imaginative departure from the common cartoon. The animation style incorporates pictures in clever ways, not only in whole forms (as with Giant Realistic Flying Tiger), but also in parts of the cartoon characters in an intriguing way. Even so, it can't compensate for a severe lack of substance deserving of kids' time in this quirky show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this show –- and others like it –- employ bathroom humor. Do you like gross-out laughs? Did any of these go too far?

  • Kids: Does any of this show's content reflect the reality of your life? Would Uncle Grandpa's tactics for solving problems work for you? Do you think the show is meant to be realistic in any way? Why or why not?

  • Who are some of the more "colorful" people in your life? What makes you different from them? How do you find common ground with different types of people? How can our differences be a strength?

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Parent Written byTomBoyGuy September 3, 2013


For starters there's a quote used in one of the first episodes from the main character, "Mistakes are God's rainbows." Nearly every character in this show is an eyesore so unsightly and disgusting to look at, that I consider it vaguely traumatizing; no joke. People already turned-away by things like body horror need to keep themselves and others away from this sick show.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byLunarWolfe September 22, 2013

Puke on a cinema roll!

Are you kidding me? You cancel Teen Titans and Powerpuff Girls to introduce this crap? It's just puke on a cinema roll! It's disgusting, and annoying! CN, if you want to make money, bring back all the good shows you cancelled.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byMattRa January 20, 2014

Long Descriptive Explanation of Content

Uncle Grandpa is a show with the style of insanity and ridiculousness, creating its humor. It is not ridiculous to the point where it is just an insane series of colors and shapes, attempting to amuse. It still has characters and tells stories with them; it’s just that they are not realistic. The show still tells interesting stories with their characterizations. I have noticed that it actually takes a lot of notice and pre-awareness on the part of the viewer to find the show appreciate able. The show does just seem random, but there is more than just Uncle Grandpa and impossible insanity. Uncle Grandpa is the main character, is the Uncle and Grandpa of everyone in the universe, and is a magical being who goes around and helps people. That is the extent of the explanation given on this, and it is taken as premise for the rest of the show. He is magical in the sense that he follows a completely ridiculous and non realistic set of rules for reality, such as duplicating himself, elastic arms, and teleportation. Thematically, his magical-ness is to take advantage of being a cartoon character, resulting in humorous, albeit unrealistic, situations and approaches to problems. The show very much has this unreal nature embedded into all of the adventures shown. For example, to help one kid be better at video games, Uncle Grandpa literately asks out loud for Uncle Grandpa to shrink him down and place him on the kid’s face, in order to get to his brain. At this point the camera view zooms out to a second Uncle Grandpa at a computer with a Photoshop like application, who acknowledges the first Uncle Grandpa, and edits them down to size, and drags them to the kid’s ear. Then the view returns to the first Uncle Grandpa, who tells the second to “add some lens flair” at which point such appears on screen. Again, that is the extent of explanation given on how all such was possible and the episode proceeds with Uncle Grandpa shrunken down inside the kids head. While Uncle Grandpa may seem idiot in all of this, he is actually competent in helping others, and has caring morals, but again does so through his ridiculous ways. His job of helping others is shown to be important and successful; he even journeys into danger to help a kid, saying that he hasn’t lost a kid yet. The other characters actual exist with this and the ridiculousness of Uncle Grandpa is actually noted explicitly by the others. These characters are: Belly Bag, a living phanny pack that assists Uncle Grandpa. Pizza Steve, an exaggerating cool guy living slice of pizza. Mr. Gus, the green dinosaur, is often the straight man to Uncle Grandpa, pointing out the insanity. And Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, who looks exactly as her name describes but is friendly. For example, in one episode Uncle Grandpa is incapacitated, and the others have to take his job helping people. The episode focuses on how they will do so, since only Uncle Grandpa has these magical abilities, noting the normal unrealistic nature of the show. In all of this, the show does have positive morals of friendship, helping others, being yourself, imagination, and fun. In short, I hope this description is helpful in reviewing the appropriateness of this show, in that it is descriptive of it and explains what it is. Mainly, it takes a strong awareness of detail, and like of ridiculousness to find the show entertaining, beyond just amusing colors and shapes. It also requires a comprehension of reality and the unreal, and if teaching unreal things is your concern than that would be a good reason to teach this comprehension to your children or wait until they are more intelligent/developed to appropriately expose them to this show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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