Wild Life

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Animated comedy features zombie bloodshed, profanity.

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

Positive Messages

A group of zoo animals hang out and learn how to survive and take care of each other after a zombie apocalypse.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are interested in self-improvement, anger management, and taking care of one another despite their differences.

Violence

Wild Life takes place after a zombie apocalypse and features bloody zombie deaths and human skeletal remains. The main character, Glenn, has a habit of going "primal" and killing things.

Sex

Characters talk about sex and buy condoms. No sex is shown.

Language

Profanity is used frequently and includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.  

Consumerism

Jokes are made about consumer culture (characters go shopping at an abandoned mall), but no product placement is featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters lick a frog that has psychedelic effects. One character is addicted to energy drinks that look like alcohol and have drug-like properties.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wild Life is an adult animated comedy about a group of zoo animals living in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-invaded world. The show is part of Syfy's TZGZ, a block of short animated shows that air after midnight. Characters are self-conscious about their animal instincts and attempt to behave like humans: a cheetah suppresses urges to attack, a dolphin wants to go hiking, etc. The show features cartoonish violence as characters fight zombies and interact with human skeletons. Wild Life features frequent profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.) and there's sex talk and the buying of condoms. (No sex is shown.) Characters use substances with drug-like properties, like a psychedelic toad or hardcore energy drinks.  

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What's the story?

WILD LIFE takes place in an abandoned zoo after the zombie apocalypse has hit. Glenn, a cheetah who is trying to work on his anger issues, hangs out with a group of friends including Darby, a koala, and Marnie, a dolphin, as the group attempts to survive and chill in a world that has mostly left them behind.

Is it any good?

Syfy's TZGZ is sort of a knock-off of Adult Swim programming -- it's a block of quick, mostly forgettable, animated comedies. Wild Life, one of TZGZ's featured series, checks all the boxes for that particular type of show. Self-aware animal-based characters make some easy jokes about nature and psychology, but ultimately just end up hanging out in the pool. It would have been considered edgy in a pre-Family Guy world but now just feels like a watered down version of BoJack Horseman.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the zoo. Where do the characters in Wild Life live? What is this world like? What is the relationship between the animals and humans?

  • What drives these characters? What do they want? How do they go about getting it? What does friendship mean in this world? How do the characters take care of one another?

  • How do the characters embody their real life animal counterparts? Do they behave like you'd expect these animals to behave? What are some surprising characteristics of these animals?

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