Warren the Ape

Common Sense Media says

Cheeky puppet's bad behavior is a parent's nightmare.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Warren might be on the road to recovery, but that's not the emphasis here. The show glorifies his problematic behavior -- including substance abuse -- and mines it for adult laughs.

Positive role models

In addition to his multiple addictions, Warren lies, cheats, and bad-mouths good-hearted people.

Violence

Warren can be verbally abusive and, in at least one episode, wields a machine gun.

Sex

Warren's doctor suspects he might be a sex addict, and Warren openly admits that he loves porn. An episode about a sex tape set-up includes blurred full-frontal male nudity -- although it's of the puppet persuasion -- and finds Warren attending a porn-industry awards show, where the top prize is a bronzed vibrator.

Language

Bleeped swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "s--tload"), plus audible words like "dick," "douchebag," "ass," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Warren cops to having an alcohol problem ... and smoking pot ... and snorting cocaine "only habitually." Some scenes take place at Warren's alcohol addiction support group.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main character in this comedy is a puppet who might be considered "cute" (if a little scraggly around the edges) ... until you realize that he's juggling multiple addictions to alcohol, sex, and drugs and has no real desire to change. Puppet characters can be verbally abusive to each other and use bleeped profanity (especially "f--k"), as well as audlble insults like "dick" and "douchebag." They also appear in sexual situations with some scenes of blurred -- albeit non-human -- nudity.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In his own words, WARREN THE APE (voiced by series creator Dan Milano) used to be a "big star," a famous puppet who had it all. But he squandered it with sex, drugs, and alcohol, and now he's desperate for a comeback -- and a paycheck. Setting out on a reluctant journey to cleaner living, Warren recruits the services of real-life celebrity rehab specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, who steers him toward the appropriate self-help groups. Meanwhile, Warren's assistant (Josh Sussman) carts him around the city to auditions and appointments with his talent agent (Susan Berger).

Is it any good?

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Fans of the short-lived adult puppet
comedy Greg the Bunny -- which aired
on Fox in 2002 -- will know exactly who Warren is. (In fact, they'd be able to tell you that his full name is Warren "The Ape" Demontague and that he's a veteran stage actor who's often forced to play second banana to much cuter characters.) But others might not see the humor in his penchant for potty talk, porn, and odd headgear (is it a swimming cap or part of a wrestling uniform?) -- particularly because he's a puppet. And puppets aren't supposed to say "f--k."

For adults who get the show's sharp satire of fame and celebrity, however, Warren the Ape dishes up some devilish laughs, along with celebrity cameos from the likes of Seth Green and Sarah Silverman. As for his puppet co-stars, Warren's ongoing rivalry with Snuggle Bear lookalike Chauncey the Bear is also ripe with comedic possibilities -- but it would be even better if Greg's Sesame Street-inspired Count Blah swooped in for a visit.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about satire and how it works as a comic tool. What types of shows is this series making fun of? Do the writers and performers ever take the joke too far?

  • What messages is the show sending about drug and alcohol abuse? What about sex addiction? Is it meant to be a show with a "message"? How can you tell?

  • What is the show saying about fame and celebrity? Did Warren cause his own problems, or were they brought about by overexposure in the media? Is it possible to leverage fame for positive purposes?

TV details

Cast:Dan Milano, Josh Sussman, Susan Berger
Network:MTV
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBabyBri84 June 20, 2010
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14
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Sad........

Uhhhhhhhh its really wierd.Kids will be ddrawn to watching it, because Warren is a puppet. THis is a show kids SHOULD NOT be watching. It involves sex, porn, profanity, and drinking.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byhisp34 November 11, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 
BEST SHOW ON MTV THIS AND RJ BURGER BEST SHWS EVA
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byDad of the Year June 29, 2010
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15
QUALITY
 

Not for youngsters but great stuff for anyone else with a sense of humor

Great comedy and great lessons in life. Watch it weekly
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages

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