A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
Occasional exaggerated animated violence for comedic effect, sometimes graphic -- for example, an animated character in a fist fight spurting blood and then getting Tasered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Frequent use of "s--t" unbleeped, along with "crap," "damn," "ass," Goddamn," and "frickin."
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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.
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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.
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.
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