Unsupervised

TV review by
Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Adult-aimed animated comedy features sex-obsessed teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Underneath all the negative messages is the idea that it's good to be oneself as a teenager, even when peer pressure and cultural expectations seem to suggest there is some imaginary standard to attain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although the main teen protagonists are refreshingly unconcerned with seeking the approval of their peers, all of the characters exhibit comically extreme obsessions with sex and anatomy. The teens also have almost zero adult supervision or guidance; they curse constantly; and they engage in dangerous and sometimes illegal activity -- all in the name of comedy.

Violence

Occasional exaggerated animated violence for comedic effect, sometimes graphic -- for example, an animated character in a fist fight spurting blood and then getting Tasered.

Sex

The main characters are sex-obsessed teenagers whose primary motivation seems to be attaining any sexual experience available. Conversation is peppered with sexual references to "boners" or "69," with occasional animated depictions of sexual encounters (kissing, heavy petting).

Language

Frequent use of "s--t" unbleeped, along with "crap," "damn," "ass," Goddamn," and "frickin."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teenage characters occasionally overindulge in alcohol and drugs -- in one episode the teens have a party while parents are away -- with few to no consequences. Some adult characters demonstrate lack of concern for this behavior and engage in their own overindulgence as well.
 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this adult-aimed animated comedy centers on a pair of inexperienced, but sex-obsessed teenagers. Although there are some redeeming aspects to these characters, the heavy sexual overtones (constant discussions about "boners," "doing 69," etc.), as well as nonstop language ("s--t," "ass," "crap") makes this more suited to young adults than teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJRCrews20 June 22, 2012

It's a good animated comedy

Good show. Reminds me of living in Lawrenceburg, TN. For someone who doesn't really like cartoons, I have to say I'm impressed.
Adult Written byEpicBro15 March 12, 2012

Failed attempt to be funny

The show is kind of lame. Its all dumb jokes, excessive profanity, drugs use, and sexual activity all for the purpose eventually not makeing you laugh. Some sho... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 25, 2012

Unsupervised is rated TV-RO for ROCK ON!!!

This show may have sexual themes, some violence, strong language, and doing drugs, but when I saw my first episode, the second episode ''Rich Girl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTommyhead October 30, 2013

For Adults and Teens

too many drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the story?

In UNSUPERVISED, two teenage best friends attempt to make their way through the daily minefield that is adolescence armed only with their skewed perspectives on the universe. Gary (Justin Long) and Joel (David Hornsby) are both lacking in parental guidance and proceed with some big misconceptions about how the world works, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Although there are plenty of friends and adults in their lives, somehow their schemes always seem to come down to the two of them against the world, somehow making it through despite their obstacles.

Is it any good?

Unsupervised takes the germ of a decent idea -- two teenage boys trying to make their way through high school with absentee parents -- and beats the life out of it with a series of increasingly infantile jokes and frequent swearing. It's not that infantile jokes can't be funny, or a well-placed swear word effective. But piled one atop another at a rapid-fire pace, these elements desensitize the viewer, forcing a quick grab for the remote to avoid any further abuse.

Truly wasting some great comedic talent (Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell), Unsupervised is a shrill and immature comedy lacking in enough creativity to earn much of a recommendation, even for adults mature enough to handle the material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show's approach to sexuality. Are teenagers really so obsessed with sex? How accurate a picture of teenage life is this show? Who is this show aimed at?

  • What were some positive attributes of the show's lead characters? Negative?

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