Unsupervised

 
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Adult-aimed animated comedy features sex-obsessed teens.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.
 

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Fred Armisen, Justin Long, Kristen Bell
Network:FX
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-MA

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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'', I really got into it. When I saw info about the pilot, I thought at first, ''I think this is related to that sucky Good Vibes show'', but it was WAY better with its
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byTommyhead October 30, 2013
 

For Adults and Teens

too many drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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